On 14 July 2004 we signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
The declaration requires councils to develop an action plan to tackle climate change hand-in-hand with local communities. By signing the agreement, we have committed ourselves to working with central government to contribute, at a local level, to deliver the UK Climate Change Programme
As a result, and following a public consultation during 2005, Devon County Council’s climate change strategy entitled “A Warm Response – Our Climate Change Strategy” was approved by the Executive Member for the Environment in November 2005.
Climate change is happening here in Devon. Since the beginning of the 20th century the average annual temperature has risen by 0.7°C. Nearly half of this has occurred over the last decade or so.
Actions are currently focussed on reducing carbon emissions from energy use:
- Reducing Devon’s emissions is achieved by working in partnership with other local authorities in Devon to use the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative to install energy efficiency measures in domestic properties across the county. Find out more at CosyDevon.
- Reducing the Council’s emissions is achieved by putting in place measures to deliver the authority’s Energy Policy target of a 15% reduction in energy consumption and emissions by 2020. In addition 15% of energy consumption is to be from renewable sources.
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, we also need to adapt to the effects of climate change. Find out more on the Preparing for Climate Change pages.
One of the most significant risks to Devon’s communities from climate change is increased frequency and intensity of flooding. See the Flood Risk Management pages for further information.