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Devon going carbon neutral

  • by JW

Adam Rutherford of Radio 4’s Inside Science will be at the Science Festival on Sunday:


This evening he looked at Extinction Rebellion, UK net zero emissions and climate change:


Extinction Rebellion is in the news with its stated aim of civil disobedience and protest, and goal to compel governments around the world to act on the climate crisis.

Meanwhile, the UK government this week announced that it was overruling its own Planning Inspectorate, by approving in principle new gas-fired turbines at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire. The Inspectors had advised that the new developments would undermine UK climate policies on carbon emissions.

In the UK we are committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in order to comply with our ratification of the Paris agreement, which aims to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. So what are we to do? Are the government policies and commitments enough, and are we sticking to them?

Adam Rutherford discusses these questions with Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College, London, and co-chair of the Working Group tackling reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Extinction Rebellion, UK net zero emissions and climate change


Meanwhile, the County Council wants to act before 2050:

Devon takes action over climate emergency

Devon County Council aims to be carbon neutral by 2030


The Herald covers the story:

County council pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030

As does Radio Exe:

County Council agrees ambitious climate target


This is what is being discussed:

Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal (often through carbon offsetting) or simply eliminating carbon emissions altogether (the transition to a “post-carbon economy”).