Environmental policy

Devon County Council recognises its responsibility to minimise the impact on the environment of its own operations, and acknowledges the contribution the authority can make to protecting and enhancing Devon’s distinctive natural, historic and cultural surroundings whilst being sensitive to economic and social considerations.

The Devon County Council Environmental Policy outlines the organisation’s environmental objectives and demonstrates its commitment to managing the environmental impacts of its operations and improving its environmental performance.

Implementing the policy

Our revised Energy Policy Strategy and Action Plan, adopted in October 2015, commits the authority to reduce its energy consumption from corporate buildings, street lighting and transport by at least 2% per year to achieve a 30% reduction from 2012/13 levels by 2030, together with providing 30% of remaining energy consumption from renewable sources by the same date. The total package will reduce carbon emissions by about 50%.

New plans to improve corporate waste management, sustainable procurement practices and consideration of wider countryside and heritage issues in our activities are being developed.

How are we doing?

Progress against the environmental objectives of the Environmental Policy are reported in the¬†annual Environmental Performance Statement. We’ve also produced this infographic to illustrate how we’re doing.

The authority’s greenhouse gas emissions are reported in the Greenhouse Gas Report.