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 2030
Emergency Bus Crisis Hearing
Protecting Our Green Ridgeline
Labour Led Exeter City Council’s Solar Journey
Net Zero Carbon 2030
Exeter City Council – retrofit for energy efficient homes
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.