We’ve reduced our own carbon emissions by 34%

Tackling climate change and reducing Surrey's carbon footprint

Since we declared a climate emergency in 2019, we have been making strides towards reducing our own carbon emissions here at Surrey County Council, as well as supporting residents make changes to help tackle climate change. Our mission is to reach net zero as an organisation by 2030, and as a county with your support by 2050.

How we've reduced our organisation's emissions

We have looked at our buildings, vehicles and streetlights in the county to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are some of our achievements:

  • 7% of our vehicle fleet is now low carbon
  • Assessed 83 buildings to determine their low carbon potential
  • 3,300 staff undertaken climate change awareness training
  • Installed 83,000 low energy street lights across the county
  • Saved £2.8 million in annual energy bill through energy efficiency

How we've supported residents and businesses to reduce carbon emissions

Whether it's through grants, initiatives or practical steps like electric vehicle charging sessions, here are some of the things we have been doing across the county to tackle climate change:

  • Facilitated the planting of 470,000 trees
  • 31 electric buses operating in the county
  • 13,000 electric vehicle charging sessions across the county
  • 88 Eco-Schools awarded green flag status
  • Saved 20,000 tonnes of carbon
  • 1,350 homes which are fuel poor have been treated
  • £1,913,782 of grants awarded to support small to medium-sized businesses to improve their energy efficiency, resulting in an annual saving of £821,000.

To find out more about tackling climate change in Surrey, visit our climate change webpage.

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