Our manifesto states that we will continue to lead a well-run council working to three key priorities:

  • A Net Zero Carbon City
  • Our Communities and Homes
  • A Healthy and Active City

Below are our commitments under this priority, but first here are some articles which give a flavour of the sort of  work that our Council is doing linked to this priority.

A Net Zero Carbon City

In 2021 our Labour-led Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. The urgent need for us all to reduce our carbon output has been at the forefront of our city’s aims. A Net Zero ambition involves significantly reducing our carbon footprint whilst ‘off-setting’ any carbon output wherever we can.

Our ambition to achieve a Net Zero Carbon City by 2030 remains our priority and will be at the forefront of everything we do next.

What we will do next

  • Invest time and resources into Exeter City Futures, a community interest company working towards Exeter becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030.
  • Continue to work with key stakeholders in the city including Devon County Council, Exeter University, Exeter College, RD&E Hospital and Exeter residents to achieve a Net Zero City by 2030.
  • Launch a new Public Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy for Exeter.
  • Consult with residents and stakeholders on the new Local Plan Draft highlighting city shaping, Net Zero ambition, biodiversity, connectivity and active travel.
  • Increase the number of homes benefitting from our council retrofit programme with a further 400 homes to be completed by Spring 2023 reducing carbon output by up to 70%.
  • Build 21 new Passivhaus standard council homes at Hamlin Gardens and 92 homes at The Gardens Whipton.
  • Continue to roll-out kerb-side food waste collection across the city
  • Plant 2-for-1 replacement trees for each one lost through ash-dieback disease.
  • Continue with the reduction of glyphosate herbicide use.
  • Commence work on the £3.5million Water Lane and Smart Grid and Storage Project, providing a renewable energy supply to the Council’s Operations Depot at Exton Road.
  • Roll out of the electrification of the Council’s operational fleet – starting with three new electric refuse collection vehicles.
  • Launch a new campaign in partnership with Great Western Railways to encourage visits to Exeter by train.


A Net Zero Carbon City 2030
A Net Zero Carbon City 2030
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