Devon Climate Emergency Response Group – Minutes, 26th June 2019



Phil NorreyDevon County Council (Chair)
Doug ElthamDevon County Council
Karime HassanExeter City Council
Tracey PolakPublic Health Devon
David EatonTeignbridge District Council
Phil ShearsTeignbridge District Council
Paul NethertonDevon and Cornwall Police
Janet WilliamsTorridge District Council
Jenny WallaceTorridge District Council
Ken MilesNorth Devon District Council
Sophie HoskingSouth Hams and West Devon Councils
Andrew SeamanUniversity of Exeter
Helen DobbyEnvironment Agency
Alex GandyDartmoor National Park Authority



Peter ChamberlainDevon County Council
Neil HamlynDCIoS Local Resilience Forum
Jim ColwellDevon and Cornwall Police
Harry BartonDevon Wildlife Trust
James SzymankiewiczNatural Devon
Mark GoodwinUniversity of Exeter
Virginia PearsonDevon Public Health
Clare ReidExmoor National Park Authority
Amanda FiskNHS
David RalphHotSW Local Enterprise Partnership
Janet PowellHotSW Local Enterprise Partnership
Paul ElsenWestern Power Distribution


Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting were AGREED as a true record of the discussion.

Devon County Council has begun the process of appointing a multi-agency Project Manager.


Signing the Devon Climate Declaration

All delegates provided an update on the progress of their organisations in signing the Declaration. A list of signatories is being maintained on the project website.

ACTION: All to notify Doug Eltham when their organisation has signed so that the signatories list can be updated.


Terms of Reference

Phil Norrey introduced the proposed Terms of Reference for the project, the Response Group and the Tactical Group.

The Group AGREED the Terms of Reference.

It was further AGREED that the existing democratic scrutiny arrangements should be used locally and at county level to ensure accountability.

ACTION: Local authorities and other democratic DCERG members to consider how their scrutiny arrangements can review their input to Devon Climate Emergency

ACTION: Devon County Council will consider opportunities for scrutiny of the overall response to the Devon Climate Emergency


A Process for the Devon Carbon Plan

Doug Eltham introduced the proposed process to produce a Devon Carbon Plan.

The Group AGREED to:

  • Endorse the proposed process for the development of a Devon Carbon Plan
  • Approve the Terms of Reference for the Net-Zero Task Force
  • Invite a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead-author from the University of Exeter to chair the Net-Zero Task Force.
  • Mandate the Tactical Group to work with the chair to identify the 11 additional members of the Net-Zero Task Force who would be receptive to an invitation.

ACTION: Devon County Council, on behalf of the Group, to formally invite the University of Exeter to chair the Net-Zero Task Force

ACTION: Devon County Council to arrange for the Tactical Group to identify 11 additional members of the Net-Zero Task Force. These will be recommended to the Response Group at its next meeting.


Review of Climate-Related Community Risks

Paul Netherton introduced the proposed process for an initial review of climate-related community risks.

The Group AGREED to:

  • Approve the proposed process for an initial review of climate-related community risks.
  • Agree the Terms of Reference for the Climate Impacts Group.
  • Mandate the Tactical Group to proceed with the review and establish the Climate Impacts Group

It was further AGREED that after this initial review concludes in October, subsequent task and finish groups may need to be established to review preparedness plans or gather additional evidence. These groups may be lead by other members of the Response Group.


Next Meeting

The next meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 30th July, 2-3pm and Thursday 5th September 10-11am. These will be dial-in meetings only.


Any Other Business

Phil Norrey and Karime Hassan noted that private-sector investment will be key to upgrading technology and infrastructure to decarbonise Devon. The Group noted that strong links between the Devon Climate Emergency and the clean growth agenda will be required.