Devon Climate Emergency Response Group

The Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG) is made up of senior officers of about 25 organisations including councils, emergency services, businesses and voluntary organisations and has been established to provide the strategic coordination of a collaborative response to the Devon Climate Emergency response.


Terms of Reference


A net-zero carbon Devon, with its environment and communities resilient to the effects of inevitable climate change. Net-zero means that the balance of carbon sinks and emissions in any one year will be zero.


The scope extends across all carbon-emitting activity in Devon (including production and consumption emissions), and climate-related risks to its communities. This includes all those people who live, work in and visit our county, and those businesses who are based or operate in Devon.


 To coordinate a collaborative Devon-wide response to the climate emergency to:

    • facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 at the latest.
    • prepare Devon for the necessary adaptations to infrastructure and services to respond to a 1.5-degree warmer world. 


    1. A Devon Carbon Plan
    2. A review of Devon’s climate-related community risks and opportunities
    3. A plan from each signatory to the Devon Climate Declaration, within 6 months of signing, to reduce their organisational carbon emissions


To provide strategic coordination to ensure appropriate processes are collectively planned, resourced and delivered to achieve the project objectives and deliverables.


Initially the Response Group is meeting on an ad-hoc basis whilst the project start-up phase is underway. Thereafter, the frequency will be every 2 months. Meetings will be dial-in with a physical option where low-carbon transport can be used.


The minutes of the Response Group will be published on the project website following their sign-off.

Collective press releases will be agreed by all parties before release. Members are encouraged to issue organisation-specific press releases and to make use of social media to reach a wider audience. These should include appropriate reference to the Devon Climate Emergency process and groupings.


Membership will be by invitation to strategic and membership organisations to provide officer representation across the identified sectors (to retain political impartiality). Organisations currently involved are:


The Chair of the Response Group will be appointed from its members, by its members. The initial chair is Devon County Council. The Group will re-elect the chair every 12 months. The Chair can serve multiple terms.


The Response Group will seek to make decision by consensus. If necessary, decision can be taken by a majority vote, with the chair holding an additional casting vote.

Sub-Groups and Workstreams

The Response Group can establish sub-groups, both indefinitely and on a task-and-finish basis, to progress specific items and deliverable, or assign these to an existing multi-agency group that is well placed to act.


Financial and in-kind resources to achieve the deliverables are to be sought from each of the Response Group members to reflect the collaboration. Where relevant, additional resources for specific tasks may be found from other sources.


Devon County Council’s Environment Group will provide the secretariat function. Other members’ assistance with this is encouraged. A dedicated Project Manager will be appointed by Devon County Council to support this process, acting in the interest of all members.


Meetings and Minutes of DCERG

Future meeting dates and minutes of each meeting will be published here.