A plan detailing how the city of Exeter can achieve net-zero emissions through reduced energy consumption, renewables uptake and the promoting of healthy living have been presented to the city council for approval. Exeter City Futures, an independent community interest company working with the council on the decarbonisation plan, has submitted the “Plan for a Net Zero Exeter” to the city council. The plan was developed following engagement with a range of businesses and institutions across the city. The plan details how the city can transform its transport, energy consumption habits and deliver healthy homes for residents while promoting green space and local produce as part of a just transition to net-zero. The organisation notes that businesses in the city could reduce emissions by 34,000 tonnes annually by implementing carbon reduction measures. Up to 53,000 tonnes of carbon could be saved if Exeter generated all its electricity from renewables, while 140,000 tonnes of carbon could be avoided if Exeter were to exploit the maximum potential for renewable generation. According to Exeter City Futures, the plan will be refreshed at the end of the year to account for impact caused by the coronavirus. Annual refreshes will be implemented as the city begins to introduce low-carbon projects. Exeter University, for example, is part of a group of 20 UK universities to agree a £50m deal to purchase renewable energy over a 10-year period through the Energy Consortium (TEC). The PPA has been structured with Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) from British windfarms. An online introduction to the roadmap will be issued in due course to enable a wider discussion on delivering the city’s carbon-neutral goal. The council was hoping to host a Carbon Neutral Festival in 2020, but that has been derailed by the coronavirus outbreak.
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A plan detailing how Exeter could reach ‘carbon neutrality’ has been submitted to the City Council, building on the city’s declaration of a climate emergency last year and exploring how it could meet its target to become a net zero city by 2030. The new decarbonisation plan hinges around reducing energy consumption, ramping up renewables, electrifying public transport, reducing waste levels, and promoting sustainable travel and healthier living across the city. “This plan represents the contribution of hundreds of businesses and individuals across Exeter, who have engaged with us to set out the action plan to become a carbon-neutral city and ensure it remains one of the best places to live in the UK,” said Liz O’Driscoll, managing director of Exeter City Futures, the independent community interest company that produced the plan. “Everyone across Exeter has a role to play, this isn’t something that can be delivered by any local authority alone,” she added.
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