Devon’s CO2 emissions see ‘profound’ drop during lockdown

Devon’s carbon dioxide emissions have reduced by almost a quarter during the lockdown, according to a new report

The coronavirus pandemic has offered a glimpse of hope for Devon's carbon-neutral future.

Data collected on behalf of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG), a group of public, private and voluntary sector bodies working to make Devon carbon-neutral by 2050, suggest the reduction in road transport and energy use has had a 'profound' impact on emissions.

Being part of a discussion paper ahead of a Devon County Council meeting, the report says carbon dioxide emissions have reduced by almost a quarter during the lockdown.

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