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GRO7 - Reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change

GRO7 - Reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change


The Plan sets out policies for delivering significant reductions in carbon emissions in Plymouth, aiming to achieve net-zero by 2030 in accordance with the City Council's Climate Emergency Declaration of March 2019

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The city will pursue the following approaches to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions in Plymouth, aiming to achieve net-zero by 2030 through:

  1. Encouraging and enabling large scale uptake of retrofit insulation, and renewable/low carbon energy generation equipment and infrastructure to existing buildings, and promoting other energy demand reduction measures.
  2. Supporting and enabling the installation of renewable and low carbon energy generation capacity, including encouraging community owned installations and identifying land for large scale renewable energy installations.
  3. Promoting and supporting exemplar low carbon development that adopts higher design and construction standards, such as BREEAM, Passivhaus and the Code for Sustainable Homes etc.
  4. Promoting the creation of infrastructure to supply low carbon heat through the delivery and expansion of district energy networks.
  5. Supporting the development of resilient, efficient local energy markets through the identification and promotion of local opportunities for SMART energy infrastructure that helps to balance local supply and demand.
  6. Seeking solutions that reduce the need to travel, and encourage the move towards sustainable modes of travel.
  7. Using planning powers to promote development that reflects the risks posed by climate change and the need for society to move towards a low carbon future.


Research commissioned by the City Council has established the main sources of carbon emissions from Plymouth. It indicates that the commercial and industrial sector is responsible for 39 per cent of the city’s carbon dioxide emissions, the residential sector 34 per cent, and the transport sector 27 per cent. The research has identified the elements of a strategy, with associated targets for 2034, which could help deliver this challenging carbon reduction goal. These are supported by the policy. Its success will rely on proactive local implementation of national schemes to reduce energy use, drive energy efficiency in how we live, work and move around; and an increased uptake of renewable forms of generation.

The Joint Local Plan sets out how the planning process will be used to support this policy.

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