Devon County Council to splash £36k a year on ‘climate emergency’ manager – as carbon neutral task force assembles

A task force of environmental experts, community representatives and business leaders has been assembled as part of a £250,000 bid to turn Devon carbon neutral.

The county council will splash £36,000 a year on a ‘climate emergency project manager’ as part of the scheme.

A decision to form the Net-Zero Task Force was made by the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG).

It will be made up of a dozen core members with interests in environment, business, academia and health.

Devon County Council (DCC) has pledged £250,000 to help deliver the plan.

The authority is advertising for a climate emergency project manager.

The manager will ‘coordinate and manage the Devon-wide response to the declaration of climate emergencies by various local authorities and organisations across the county’.

The Net-Zero Task Force will be chaired by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright of the University of Exeter, an environmental social scientist.

He said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity – both locally here in Devon and globally. But it also brings significant opportunities to increase wellbeing and sustainability if we come together to face that challenge head on.

“I am calling on everyone to get involved in producing this plan, whatever your age or background, and wherever you live in the county.”

Dr Phil Norrey, chairman of the DCERG and chief executive of DCC said of the task force: “Each member has been chosen for their experience and knowledge, together providing a balanced mix of specialisms and backgrounds.

“Each are specialists in their respective fields and as a result people can feel assured that the process of developing the Devon Carbon Plan in response to the climate emergency will be as impartial and objective as possible.”

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