Plans to tackle climate change given the green light

Our commitment to tackling climate change has reached an important milestone, with the adoption of our Climate Change Action Plan.

The plan, approved by our Strategy & Resources Committee at the end of November, was produced following our declaration of a climate change emergency in February. It sets out how we’ll cut our environmental impact and the steps we’ll take to become carbon neutral by 2030.

While this is a long term piece of work and the adoption of this plan is only the start, we’re taking forward a number of priority actions immediately, including:

  • Looking at how we can better manage our greenhouse gas emissions and switch our energy supply to a green tariff, ensuring we use energy from renewable sources.
  • Taking steps to get our council buildings and housing stock to carbon zero.
  • Planning to ensure all council vehicles are powered by electric or other low carbon alternatives by our 2030 target, while investigating installing electric vehicle charging points across the district.
  • Making climate change a key consideration when we procure goods and services.

We’ll keep residents updated on our progress against the plan and we’ll be working closely with our councillors and Surrey County Council to keep the plan under review, ensuring it is closely aligned to climate change plans across Surrey.

The committee report, including detail on the action plan, is available on our website.

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