SHDC commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 "at the latest"

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SHDC commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 "at the latest"

South Hams District Council commits to the Devon Carbon Plan, with the aim of reaching "net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest".

The "importance of the objectives and ambitions" laid out by the Devon Carbon Plan have been backed by South Hams District Council this week.

The Devon Carbon Plan is the "roadmap" for how Devon will reach net-zero emissions "by 2050 at the latest". It has been created following long-term, ongoing assessments of Devon’s greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is a milestone for the county on its path to reducing carbon emission and outlines actions for how each sector of the county’s economy and infrastructure can reach net-zero.

At their Executive meeting on 1 December, South Hams Councillors endorsed the plan and has recommended to Full Council that its own Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which predates the publication of the Devon Carbon Plan, be revised to ensure it contributes to delivering the Devon Carbon Plan.

Council Leader, Cllr Judy Pearce, said: “The Devon Carbon Plan has been a significant piece of work, proving what can be achieved if we work together.

“Of course, identifying what needs to be done is only the first step on the path to getting to net-zero. We now need to take the actions necessary to limit rises in global temperatures.

“It’s vital that we act now and as a Council, we’re committed to lowering our carbon output and playing our part.”

South Hams District Council declared its climate change and biodiversity emergency back in July 2019. At that time, it committed to collaborate with Devon County Council, all the Devon District Councils, Plymouth City Council and other agencies to address the emergency.

These partner organisations – working together under the banner of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group – have worked together since 2019 to create the Devon Carbon Plan

To find out more about the Devon Carbon Plan, visit: devonclimateemergency.org.uk/devon-carbon-plan/

 

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