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Devon County Council has declared a climate emergency. We have committed to facilitating the reduction of Devon’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 at the latest and have collaborated with other organisations in Devon to implement a response to the Devon Climate Emergency.

Climate change is not just a global issue that will affect future generations in other parts of the world – it is happening now, and some of its effects can already be felt in Devon.

We all contribute to climate change through our use of electricity, heat and vehicle fuels, and there are actions that we can all take – as individuals, as householders, at school and at work – to cut the emissions that contribute to climate change.

The Council reports its carbon footprint each year and has a target to reduce its own carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

These pages provide hints and tips about how energy use can be reduced by householders, businesses and schools as well as highlighting some of the actions being taken by community groups within Devon to reduce energy use and address climate change.