Devon's 2050 Net Zero Strategy represents a long term approach to managing growth within its boundaries, while developing long term opportunities for its residents and businesses within and surrounding the community. It was developed after extensive consultation with community leaders and partners culminating in an Economic Development round table September 2015 and the review of economic and planning information from all orders of government affecting Devon.
Devon was developed as a model town at a pioneering time in the history of Alberta’s energy economy. The vision, priorities and strategies outlined here is designed to capture and focus the “New Energy” of Devon in charting another pioneering course into the next chapter of Alberta’s economic history.
Devon developed the Green Strategy in 2016 as a tool to enable its growth as Alberta’s first net-zero-energy community by 2050. Net zero can be defined as a reduction in energy demand supplemented by an increase in renewable energy supply. The strategy aims to achieve this goal by focusing on six priority areas:
The Green Strategy and the development of the Green Economy are related to the goals of Economic Development, specifically for cleantech companies. Capitalizing on Devon’s wish to diversify its economic base and the Devon Research Park, the Town should explore incentive programs for businesses to further green their operations. As businesses seek to convert, other local businesses may rise to the challenge of conducting the work; thereby growing the green energy cluster.