East Devon District Council response to Climate Change emergency
East Devon District Council response to Climate Change emergency

As part of East Devon Together month, EDDC is celebrating all the work which has been undertaken, by the authority, to tackle the declared climate emergency.

This includes:

The Lower Otter Restoration Project

This £15million project is helping a river valley adapt to climate change and create an internationally important wildlife reserve, using nature based solutions instead of hard engineering – the joint scheme is being overseen by EDDC, Environment Agency, local landowner Clinton Devon Estates, and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.

More wildflower meadows

More than 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s – this has had a drastic effect on our environment. EDDC are now committed to reclaiming these importing areas, like at Salterton Road, in Exmouth – where the grass verge has been sown with a 5,000 metre squared wildflower meadow. By mowing less EDDC is also cutting carbon emissions by more than 50 per cent.

Planting and weedkillers

EDDC are also now focused on perennial planting and are exploring alternatives to harmful weed killers.

Seaton Wetlands

This award-winning nature reserve recently saw the arrival of protected slow worm – the world’s longest living legless lizard. It is also the home of some of Devon’s rarest plants.

Electric charging points

The authority has plans to install 18 electric car charging points across 10 East Devon car parks by the end of the year, after a global shortage delayed works.

Upgrading and decarbonised council homes

EDDC has installed 102 air source heat pumps and has plans to upgrade 52 more council properties, to make them more environmentally friendly and lower bills for tenants.

Events for supported accommodation residents to save money on energy bills

During June, supported accommodation tenants in East Devon will be able to attend three events, being held with the help of Exeter Community Energy. Residents will be able to learn how to save money on their energy bills. Contact your mobile support officer to book.

Helping council staff to be reduce carbon footprints

The council employs more than 500 members of staff – it is now using the positive adjustments, it made during lockdown, to allow staff to reduce their carbon footprints while also providing the best service it can for residents – like hybrid working.

Community funding and advice

EDDC is actively supporting communities to upgrade their building and is supporting their projects through various schemes – including the Rural Community Building Fund and through ‘Meet the Funder’ events which teach organisations and groups how to apply for funding.