The Paris Agreement of December 2015 achieved a broad
international consensus on the urgent need to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, and has set ambitious targets
for limiting global temperature rises over pre-industrial
levels. While the government commitments are welcome, we
believe it is essential that citizens everywhere take
direct action within their communities to ensure these
commitments become a reality.
We believe Crediton can set an example in reducing
dependence on fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse
gases. We also believe we need to focus on a wider scope
of sustainability than just the environmental concerns:
to ensure our overall needs are
met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to
meet their needs
Our mission is to help people in Crediton and
the local area to lead more sustainable lifestyles
and work towards a carbon-neutral future.
We see a positive future where people value and respect
the environment and understand the need to conserve the
natural world and its finite resources. We will have moved
away from fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gases
and thereby minimised the human influence on climate
How will we generate enough power?
We will no longer expect unlimited access to energy. It will
become an expensive and valued commodity rather than being
taken for granted.
There will be a more distributed approach to power-generation
using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro
& geothermal; by recycling waste through anaerobic
digestion and by utilising waste heat via combined heat &
power (CHP). Local renewable energy schemes
and micro-generation techniques will be encouraged.
Smart technologies will enable more efficient use, storage
and distribution of electricity, including better management
of supply & demand via the smart grid.
Building and planning regulations will ensure that all new
buildings are super-insulated, generate renewable energy and
conserve water. There will be a range of
governmentsubsidised options for upgrading older buildings to
comply with the new standards.
New builds will re-use brownfield, derelict or abandoned sites
wherever possible and, where feasible, use local building
How will we manage waste?
We want to move to a zero
waste economy, a society where resources are fully valued both
financially and environmentally. Waste will be reduced through
reuse, repair & recycling. Organic waste will be
composted. Industrial scale waste will be reduced to
Legislation will minimise over-production of resources,
including forcing supermarkets and chain stores to reduce
surplus packaging (especially oil-based plastics) and
eliminate food waste.
Products (especially those with high carbon costs) will be built
to last longer and be repairable and upgradable rather than
disposable or designed with planned obsolescence. We will buy
less, and re-use more (e.g. wearing more clothes in cold
weather or repairing broken items). Hiring and sharing of goods
will become more
common, resulting in an increase in local exchange trading
schemes, bartering and swap shops.
How will we travel?
Electric cars, scooters and other clean-energy
vehicles will become the norm, replacing petrol and diesel
Better coverage and connectivity will ensure that
public transport becomes the normal mode of travel
Crediton, Exeter and the nearby villages.
There will be more cycle-friendly facilities (e.g. safer cycle
routes, ability to take bikes on buses) and improved
Car and bike clubs will be commonplace and we will routinely use
such facilities instead of owning a vehicle.
There will be an increase in home-working where we use internet
technologies, videoconferencing etc. to minimise the need for
As the costs of air travel rise, we will fly less, using high
speed/low energy trains to travel across counties and
There will be a trend for holidaying closer to home which will
create further opportunities for tourism in the South West
with the potential for Crediton to become a centre of
excellence for food and arts & crafts, creating a wide range of
What will be the impact on food & farming?
Local farmers and other
growers will no longer use fossil fuel derived fertilizers and
will instead practice low input/organic, mixed farming methods
which conserve soils and maintain a natural
Since importing food will be more expensive (due to
increased production & transport costs), more produce will
be grown locally so that there is less dependence on imported
goods. We will increasingly grow our own fruit &
vegetables in gardens, on allotments and in
Attitudes to food will necessarily change so that we do not
expect to eat cheap out-of season and exotic foods. Diets will
be simpler with healthier, non-processed food, less meat and
Drought or deluge?
Climate change will continue to cause more extreme weather
conditions, resulting in increased periods of both
flooding and drought.
Long-term flood prevention measures will be introduced. For
example, hard landscaping of gardens (which increases run-off)
will be discouraged whilst tree-planting will be encouraged so
that rain water is absorbed.
In order to conserve water during drought periods and also to
minimise the energy costs of purification, water will need to
be used more efficiently and re-use systems introduced. Every
home will have water conservation devices such as 'smart'
water meters and/or and water butts. Systems to use surface
water and grey water will be increasingly installed in new
builds and older houses will be retro-fitted with
How will this affect the economy?
There will be a greater
emphasis on local economies and ethical business. 'Buy local'
will be the order of the day, minimising transport costs
whilst supporting the local economy and reducing our
dependence on multinationals. More money will be kept
circulating in the local economy. Local and community
businesses, co-operatives, local banks and credit unions will
International trade will uphold the values of fair trade,
recognising the true value of products rather than exploiting
poorer countries to provide us with cheap goods.