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North Devon Council has shown its commitment to reducing the organisation's impact on the environment by adopting a Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan.

As a major provider of services for communities, and a significant local employer, the council recognises the role it plays in tackling greenhouse gas emissions, influencing low carbon actions and helping the district move towards net zero carbon by 2050.

As well as adopting the plan, the council has pledged to make meaningful reductions in a responsible way as it works towards decarbonisation.

The document includes the latest carbon footprints for both the council and the district, and identifies actions that will reduce emissions, enhance wildlife and support towns and villages to take action locally.

Priority projects for the council include making buildings more energy efficient, investing in renewable energy, planting 24,000 trees in an 18 hectare extension to the Yeo Valley Community Woodland, and addressing and encouraging behaviour change.

North Devon Council is one of 300 councils nationwide to have declared a climate emergency. In June 2019 it signed the Devon Climate Emergency declaration and agreed to enable the district to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

North Devon Council's Lead Member for Climate Change, Cllr Graham Lofthouse, said: "This plan presents a significant way forward to increase North Devon’s resilience to the threats of climate change and loss of habitats and wildlife, through the reduction of emissions from our corporate activities and action to help nature recovery.

"It will support the Devon Carbon Plan, which identifies how the county will reach net zero carbon by 2050.

"We must be honest about the challenge ahead. We urgently need community and business buy-in, to make the massive behaviour changes needed."

Leader of North Devon Council, Cllr David Worden, said: "I recognise the importance of the environment for North Devon’s residents, businesses and visitors, and welcome the Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan for the council.”

You can find the Carbon Management Plan here on our climate change page.