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Net zero risk register

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1. Net zero by 2030 is too ambitious

Risk Title and Description

Too ambitious target to reduce City Council carbon emission to 'net zero' by 2030.

Service: Net Zero & Business

Date identified: 13 June 2022

Owner: Net Zero Project Manager

Target implementation date: 2030

Potential Causes:

  • Ineffective data monitoring & methodology
  • Change in Corporate Priorities
  • Lack of understanding of carbon emergency and net zero ambition
  • Officers unwilling or with no capacity to engage or make changes to their service
  • Lack of technological advancement and financial barriers
  • Growth in activity levels increasing scope 3 emissions

Potential Impacts:

  • Not achieving Corporate Priority
  • Reputational risk and damage
  • Carbon emissions not decreasing
  • Services being under the spotlight as high carbon emitters
  • Reliance on offsetting
  • High spend to achieve aggressive carbon reduction methods


Existing Mitigations & Control

What has been done to control the risk?

  • Establishment of Net Zero Team
  • Regular engagement with relevant Directors on changes needed to reduce service carbon emissions
  • Engagement with Centre for Energy and Environment to establish improved data and changes required to reduce carbon emissions and production of Corporate Carbon Footprint
  • Engage with the Devon Climate Emergency team
  • Network to learn from best practice with industry and other public organisations
  • Net Zero Ambassadors recruited
  • Cabon Literacy training undertaken by Net Zero team members
  • Monitor legislative changes to support a reduction in carbon emissions


Further Mitigations & Controls to be put into place

  • Keep targets realistic and update and review carbon emissions annually
  • Regular updates and presentations provided to Strategic Scrutiny on Risk register, Carbon Footprint and implementing of the City Council Carbon Reduction Action Plan
  • Extend contracts of Net Zero Support Officer and Sustainability Manager to support work until 2030
  • Net Zero Ambassadors to meet on a regular basis to share best practice and to support service changes, and are involved with setting annual action plan and targets
  • Cabon Literacy training to be shared with staff and members
  • Budget is allocated to the Ambassadors to reduce carbon emissions and ownership on service level
  • Be open and transparent with all Net Zero Ambassadors, Officers and Serice Areas


Risk scores

Inherent risk
Risk Score
Likelihood 4
Impact 4
Risk score 16


Residual risk
Risk Score
Likelihood 3
Impact 4
Risk score 12


Risk scores explained