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Exeter’s Net Zero partnership shortlisted for top national award

Published: 19 August 2021

Exeter City Futures have been shortlisted for a national award

A partnership dedicated to realising Exeter’s ambition to become a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030 has been shortlisted for a top national award.

Exeter City Futures have been shortlisted in the Best Public/ Private Partnership Working initiative in the annual APSE awards.

The awards, which recognise best practice in the public sector, attracted more than 320 entries from across the UK.  The winners will be revealed in September.

Exeter City Futures, a partnership between Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, Exeter College, University of Exeter, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Global City Futures, is at the forefront of the city’s ambitious bid to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

Last year ECF published Exeter’s Net Zero Carbon Roadmap – a blueprint for how the city needs to come together to drastically reduce its carbon footprint.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Net Zero Carbon, said: “The City Council have worked with Exeter City Futures for a number of years to explore ways to cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change.

“A lot of good work has been done in that time - but we are all very aware of the fact that there is much more to be done. To be recognised for this work by a prestigious national body like APSE is a fantastic achievement.

“It is recognition of the hard work that is taking place by so many people who are trying to ensure that Exeter’s ambitious carbon emissions target can become a reality.”

Glenn Woodcock, Founder and Board Member of Exeter City Futures, said: “It is credit to Exeter that the dynamic working partnership Exeter City Futures has with Exeter City Council has been recognised as vital for the vibrant, carbon neutral, future of Exeter.

“Working together with Exeter City Council enabled Exeter City Futures to set a precedent for the collective action necessary for us to be a net zero city by 2030, an opportunity that has since been embraced by other public and private sector organisations, communities, and conscious citizens across the city and central government.

“We’ve got a long way to go, and the relationship with Exeter City Council is evidence of the ability collaborations have to deliver the radical solutions needed if Exeter is to meet its target to be net zero in just a little over eight years.”


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