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November 2021

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Published on 8 November 2021

Tackling climate change in Teignbridge

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A new film, to coincide with COP26, sets out the stark challenges being faced in Teignbridge as a consequence of our warming climate, and what we can all do to address them.

'Climate Change and Teignbridge' highlights the main sources of carbon emissions – industrial and business output, transport and housing – as well as showing the likely impact climate change will have in the coming decades as weather patterns change and rising sea levels lead to more coastal erosion.

The film – funded by the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy and supported by the South West Energy Hub – promotes the work of the Devon Climate Emergency – a partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations from across Devon formed to tackle the ecological and climate emergency. 

Production of the film comes as our emerging Carbon Action Plan continues to progress, setting out how we can tackle emissions over which we have most control such as our own building stock, vehicle fleet and supply chains.

Reducing our carbon footprint

Decarbonisation work is underway at Newton Abbot and Broadmeadow leisure centres, The Lido and at the Forde House council offices which will see our carbon footprint reduce by 372 tonnes CO2, the equivalent of taking 187 cars off the road.

Later this month, renewable energy will be one of the main elements in the next stage of our local plan consultation as local people are invited to comment on potential sites and policies supporting the development of new renewable energy supply in our district.

Installation of vehicle charging points across the district is gathering pace, and we are finding more ways to encourage cycling and walking through providing new routes and safer spaces as well as boosting the tree canopy of the district via our recently adopted tree strategy.

And we continue to play our part in the Devon Climate Emergency partnership to develop the Devon Carbon Plan, setting out an evidence-led framework for becoming a net-zero county by 2050 at the very latest.