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5. September 2022 update

Council Non-domestic buildings

  • Decarbonisation survey undertaken to establish available PSDS funding to establish corporate properties that qualify for retrofit, insulation and decarbonisation of heat. Currently only two properties qualify, highlighting critical lack of funding needed to deliver actions required.
  • BMS upgrade and Energy Management Information system installed to better identify projects and measure improvements.
  • Guildhall Shopping Centre acquired in May 2022. Net Zero discussions with the Centre Operator have begun.
  • ASHP survey undertaken for two key leisure sites.
  • Heat Network Zoning Pilot being undertaken on City wide basis – potential if successful to feed high use sites.
  • Roof replacement underway to provide for solar array at Riverside Leisure Centre.
  • Investigate opportunities to expand renewable energy production, solar thermal, wind, hydrogen and heat pumps.
  • Full Membership to SWEEG in 2022 will allow studies to investigate energy efficiency assets and carry out feasibility studies.
  • Water Lane Smart Grid and Storage project underway which includes testing of battery storage at three sites where solar energy is generated.


Council-owned housing

  • Green Homes Grant – Local Authority Delivery of £1.6m secured and delivered in 2021/22.
  • 426 properties retrofitted as part of a ‘fabric first’ strategy – with the inclusion of PV installation and smart heating controls.
  • Delivery target date being assessed on the basis of current delivery and resource/funding availability.
  • Review of mechanical and electrical strategy underway.
  • Analysis of non-traditional properties being completed – structural condition now known to be sound and design plans are being prepared to maximise building fabric thermal efficiency.
  • New rented Council housing currently continues to be delivered to Passivhaus standard – a 53 bed extra care scheme was completed in 2022.
  • The current new-build target is for 500 Council homes over a 10 year period – commenced in 2020.



  • Continue Fleet and Equipment Electrification Plan.
  • Driver Training undertaken to ensure efficient use of vehicles.
  • 3No. Electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (ERCVs) in operation.
  • Solar Farm at Water Lane co-located with energy storage technology with PW will provide renewable energy and support charging infrastructure to the Council’s Operations Depot at Exton Road and electrification of the operational fleet.
  • Review of Green Travel Policy underway.
  • Application for LEVI funding to provide City Charging submitted June 2022.



  • New eProcurement software to be amended to allow for better recording of Scope 3 emission data.
  • Green Accord relaunch in Autumn 2022 providing an accreditation scheme allowing businesses to evidence carbon reduction and suppliers to use businesses with proven sustainable business practices and net zero targets.
  • Discussions ongoing with partnering organisations to introduce improved supplier carbon accounting data and obligate suppliers to provide contract specific emissions data, and use in contract selection process.


F gases and waste

  • Net Zero Ambassador for Waste will help enforce waste prevention and recycling in the work place


Renewable energy

  • Ground mounted 1,200 kWp array at Water Lane co-located with energy storage technology and a connection providing a renewable energy supply to the Council’s Operations Depot at Exton Road to support the electrification of the Council’s fleet. Including Solar PV on the Riverside Sports hall roof and battery store, Matford Centre and John Lewis CP underway. To complete in Dec 2022
  • Review of Solar opportunities and new Invest to Save proposal for generation to reduce rising energy costs and PPA potential to reduce carbon emissions through self-supply to be completed


Land use change – afforestation

  • ECC Exeter P&GS now aiming for 30% canopy cover (tree line cover) in Exeter, up from 24%, target for 2030. Working with Greater Devon Network partners to increase canopy cover further across remaining private open spaces.
  • Study to be undertaken to evaluate offsetting opportunities


Overall Organisational Change

  • Quarterly meetings between Net Zero Ambassadors and Net Zero team underway.
  • 4 members of Net Zero team and 1 Councillor have undertaken Carbon Literacy training.
  • 2 members of Net Zero team have undertaken training to become Carbon Literacy trainers in July 2022. Councillors, Net Zero Ambassadors, SMB, OMB, and other relevant officers and teams all included in in-house Carbon Literacy Roll Out Programme.
  • Footprint Report, Action Plan and all Net Zero progress to be uploaded to internal intranet page and internet page to highlight Council’s work.
  • Active Members of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group and Tactical Group, and support of the Devon Carbon Plan.