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Exeter Aims To Go Carbon Neutral By 2030

Exeter are aiming to become a carbon neutral city by 2030. Get involved with the city’s Carbon Neutral Festival to help them realise this exciting and ambitious goal.

Phoebe Young 15 November 2019

In July 2019, Exeter declared a Climate Emergency. In light of this, it has set a goal of making the entire city carbon neutral by 2030. 

Deputy Leader Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Climate and Culture, said: 

“We know this is a huge task and that we will need the help of everyone in the city to bring about the changes needed to achieve it.”

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Exeter has set a goal of making the entire city carbon neutral by 2030.

How Will Exeter Achieve Carbon Neutrality?

Community Interest Company, Exeter City Futures, is working alongside Exeter City Council to realise their target. Together, the organisations are putting plans in place to host a Carbon Neutral Festival in 2020. The festival is still in the developmental stages, but a microsite is expected to be launched later this year.

The microsite will hold information about workshops and engagement events that will take place between January and March of next year. 

The events are open to anyone, and are designed to build momentum towards the festival and unify the city. They will consist of activities that will explore the challenges of achieving carbon neutrality. 

Individuals, communities, businesses and organisations are all encouraged to join forces and take part. Changes that need to be made will be identified, and plans will be put in place. 

Once an action plan has been settled upon, it will form the basis for a collective ‘roadmap’. This map will act as a city wide plan, which will lay out the steps that need to be taken by the people of Exeter and by the council, to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

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Once an action plan has been settled upon, it will form the basis for a collective ‘roadmap’.

Exeter Needs Your Help To Become Carbon Neutral

If you are inspired by this mission, then your contribution is needed and welcomed. Do you live in Exeter and work within a business that aligns with any of Exeter City Future’s 12 Goals? Then get in touch with them to see how you can be involved. 

Liz O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Exeter City Futures said:

A plan of this magnitude cannot be developed without the input of the people who live and work in the City on a daily basis, so it is vital that everyone plays a part in this journey. 

If you live outside of Exeter and would like to see the same steps taken in your home city, then follow the progress of this campaign on social media and talk to your friends colleagues and council about aiming for a similar goal. 

If you live in Devon, then come along to the workshops in the lead up to the festival. You will learn what you could do to help the campaign, share ideas and spread the word. 

It’s not only Exeter that will benefit from the success of this undertaking. Proving that a city is able to facilitate a change of this nature will be so positively impactful for the planet and future generations. It will also act as an amazing example for other cities to follow suit.

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Phoebe Young 15 November 2019

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