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Reducing carbon emissions

Climate change affects us all.

The scientific evidence from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is clear. Most of the observed rise in average global temperatures over the last 50 or 60 years is due to human activity through increasing greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels (and methane). If we are to prevent the process of climate change continuing and becoming more damaging, we will need to find ways of reducing our CO2 emissions.

We recognise that measured and forecast changes in our climate pose important questions for the way we carry out our work as a council, for how residents within the district live and work in the future and for the environment of Tandridge we all share. We will seek to make Tandridge District Council into a climate-resilient and lower carbon authority.

The detailed effects of climate change, globally, nationally and locally, are uncertain and continue to be the subject of on-going study. But informed projections indicate that Tandridge is likely to become warmer all year round, with most of the warming in the summer and autumn. Winters will become wetter and summers drier and there may be more sudden and extreme weather events, such as droughts, heatwaves, wind storms and floods arising from torrential rain.

Solar panels on a roof

It is predicted that by 2080, without preventive adaptation, there will be water shortages every summer and damage from flooding almost every winter. A hotter climate will affect agriculture and plant life and expose both people and the natural environment to risk of harm from storms, pests and temperature-related illnesses.

We know some climate change will occur whatever we may do now, as the result of emissions already made and a shift in climate of the scale indicated will make it necessary for us to adapt our infrastructure, including transport, housing and the economy, so we can minimise disruption to our work and lives in the future.