Climate Change Strategy
Devon County Council is about to undertake a review of its climate change strategy to reflect recent changes in both the policy context and viable opportunities for reducing carbon emissions. Details of the proposed review process can be viewed on another page.
On the 14th July 2004 we signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
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.
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.
We have also made a commitment to achieve a significant reduction of greenhouse emissions from our own operations which includes the use of electricity on our estate and for street lighting, the consumption of natural gas for heating, and business miles. During 2006/7 we are developing an action plan to reduce our emissions through participation in Phase 4 of the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Programme.
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. The rising temperature has produced milder, wetter winters and an unusual sequence of hot, dry summers starting with the heatwave of 1976 and culminating in the scorching summer of 2003. Moreover, sea level continues to rise.
These trends are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Devon County Council declared its commitment to address the challenges of climate change at a local level by signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in July 2004.
As a result, following a public consultation, Devon County Council's climate change strategy entitled "A Warm Response - Our Climate Change Strategy" has been approved by the Executive Member for the Environment in accordance with the Executive decision taken at the meeting on 1st March 2005. Specifically, the Council has committed itself to making a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and to encourage all sectors in the local community to take the opportunity to reduce their emissions too.
A Warm Response - Our Climate Change Challenge
You can download this document in full or by section (as it a large document).
- Complete Strategy A warm Responce - Our Climate Challenge (2.50MB - pdf help) (please note that this is a large file and may take some time to download)
- Front Cover (294KB - pdf help)
- Section 1 - Foreword (269KB - pdf help)
- Section 2 - Contents (57KB - pdf help)
- Section 3 - Executive Summary (158KB - pdf help)
- Section 4 - Position Statement (76KB - pdf help)
- Section 5 - Introduction (61KB - pdf help)
- Section 6 - Climate Change Science (96KB - pdf help)
- Section 7 - Observed Climate Change (694KB - pdf help)
- Section 8 - Climate Change Projections (516KB - pdf help)
- Section 9 - Climate Change Action (69KB - pdf help)
- Section 10 - Climate Change Activity (191KB - pdf help)
- Section 11 - Climate Change Strategy (237KB - pdf help)
- Section 12 - Climate Change Action Plan (99KB - pdf help)
- Appendix 1 - References (52KB - pdf help)
- Appendix 2 - Glossary of Terms (110KB - pdf help)
- Appendix 3 - Our Communications Plan (117KB - pdf help)
- Appendix 4 - Our Mitigation Protocol (109KB - pdf help)
- Appendix 5 - Our Adaptation Protocol (277KB - pdf help)
- Signed Nottingham Declaration (70KB - pdf help)
Printed copies are available from the Climate Change Officer, 01392 383390 or email@example.com