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The Mission of the Low Carbon Task Force is to:
- to reduce energy consumption, carbon footprint and energy costs in the area
- to increase energy efficiency through smart initiatives and technologies
- by working across the growth area in Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge
Who We Are
The partners are: Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Energy Saving Trust, E.ON, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Exeter City Council, Met Office, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust, Teignbridge District Council, University of Exeter.
The Low Carbon Task Force was set up in September 2011, and all parties involved in creating the Task Force signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a launch event (June 2011) to formally recognise this collaborative and innovative partnership between the public and private sectors.
The principle objectives of the MOU are to:
- Reduce energy consumption & energy costsIncrease energy efficiency
- Seek continuous improvement
- Promote the transition to a low carbon economy
- Secure opportunities for business development
- Bring about additional benefits to the community
- Job creation
- Community engagement
Relationships with other groups
The Task Force has E.ON as its primary energy partner but this is a non exclusive partnership. We work closely with the Exeter Sustainable Business Network
We also work with Exeter Community Energy who are a community based group who are delivering renewable energy infrastructure such as solar PV.
How we work
The members of the task force are all engaged in delivering low carbon projects as part of their remit. Collectively, the task force commissions research, develops joint strategies, has an agreed action plan, bids for funding and runs a range of implementation projects.
We have a strong track record already and have ambitious plans for the future – a brief outline of our projects is below.
Why are we working on low carbon projects?
We are concerned that energy costs are high and becoming an increasing burden to households, pushing thousands of them into fuel poverty, and adversely affecting business performance because energy costs are a rising cost of doing business.
The Government’s statutory adviser, the Committee on Climate Change has recommended that energy supply is rapidly decarbonised – electricity, for example, produces ten times the carbon emissions which the Committee regards as safe from a climate change perspective and has adopted a strategy of dramatically increasing renewable energy supply by 2030 and improving the efficiency with which we use energy.
Centralised electricity production is also inefficient, with 65% of the input energy wasted from large, conventional power stations. Combined Heat and Power can halve these losses.
Finally, we are concerned that expert bodies such as National Grid are predicting power shortages within a few years and so we are committed to delivering a resilient, localised energy supply during the coming years. In summary, we believe that our strategy will deliver lower business costs and create jobs in a growing sector, thus underpinning the local economy.
Our strategy covers the period to 2026 and has intermediate targets, with a detailed programme of action for 2014/15. The strategy and programme for 2014/15 have both been approved by the Growth Board.
The Exeter Network Detailed Feasibility and Exe Crossing Studies are also available to view from this website - click here or follow the link on the right under Related Documents.
Our Key Projects
Signing of the LCTF MoU (May 2011) l-r Michael Woodhead, managing director of E.ON's sustainable energy business, Chris Lorimer, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce's sustainability network, Cllr Paul Diviani, East Devon District Council, Cllr Will Mumford, Devon County Council and Cllr Pete Edwards, Exeter City Council and chair of Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Steering Board. Picture credit: Harrera Images