A significant commitment by the Exeter City Council to resource the delivery of the City’s Carbon reduction plans has been backed by the Council’s Labour Executive Committee.
Members discussed plans for Chief Executive and Growth Director Karime Hassan to work both inside and outside the Council to take forward the plans to help Exeter reach net Zero Carbon by 2030. Mr Hassan would work three days a week for the City Council and two days focussing on work with Exeter City Futures, the city’s community interest company working collaboratively with key organisations in the city to help it become carbon neutral.
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Net Zero 2030, said she was delighted Executive members backed plans for the Chief Executive to take a leadership role at Exeter City Futures. A significant commitment by the City Council to drive forward the delivery of the Exeter City Future Carbon 2030 plans.
After the City Council’s Executive Committee meeting Cllr Rachel Sutton, who is the Lead Councillor for Carbon 2030, said:
“This is important because our commitment to being Net Zero Carbon by 2030 is front and centre of the City Council’s agenda. This will provide a boost and leadership in moving things forward. We are working with our partners to achieve this goal – it’s not just the City Council’s goal, it’s the goal for the entire city.”
In 2019, Exeter City Council declared a climate emergency, with the aim of being a carbon neutral city by 2030. In response to this bold ambition, Exeter City Futures created a clear roadmap to carbon neutrality: the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan, which has now been officially adopted by the city.