The Challenge

In July 2019, Exeter City Council declared a climate emergency and is now committed to making Exeter a carbon neutral city by 2030. This ambition aligns with the vision for the city and has potential to make a vital contribution to our planet and all its people.

Exeter now joins a growing list of Cities, local authorities and town councils who have made this commitment, and through our support is in an enviable position of being one of the few with a plan to achieve it.

The challenge was to identify and coordinate the right programmes of engagement, innovation and investment that will deliver practical action and meet the ambition.

Our Solution

Global City Futures was appointed as a special advisor to Exeter City Council’s Chief Executive and Leader to manage the delivery of city transformation programme, Exeter City Futures.

This advisory and delivery role is ensuring that the Council understand the level of organisational and political change required (including resource capacity and finance) and supporting integration of cross-directorate activities to deliver their carbon neutral ambition.

Following public consultation, Global City Futures provided consultant support to lead the development of a clear roadmap to carbon neutrality: the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan. This sets out a series of practical actions that city leaders, organisations and individuals can take, with associated carbon savings and cost, which Exeter needs to deliver in order to achieve its carbon target by 2030.

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The Result

The Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan was recently supported by and formally adopted by Exeter City Council on the evening of 21st July 2020.

This roadmap has become an integral pillar and foundation of the city’s Covid recovery plans, as well as helping to coordinate other carbon reduction plans from across the city and the wider region.

“We will put the Roadmap absolutely at the front and centre of everything we do. It will be essential as the city recovers from the coronavirus crisis.”

– Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Climate and Culture, Exeter City Council

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