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What is Surrey County Council doing about climate change?

Surrey's Community Vision for 2030 contains the ambition that:

"Residents live in clean, safe and green communities, where people and organisations embrace their environmental responsibilities"

This ambition reflects Surrey residents' desire to preserve their county for future generations, and recognises that people and organisations are collectively responsible for ensuring Surrey is safe, free from pollution and has open, green spaces to enjoy in the future.

The UK government has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and on 9 July 2019 the council followed suit by declaring a 'Climate Emergency' and committing to work with partners to agree Surrey's collective response, which will include a strategy for becoming carbon neutral as early as possible.

Surrey County Council is running three connected and complementary strands of work:

  1. A cross-party task group of councillors will test what the 2030 Vision ambition means to Surrey residents, businesses and partners to draft a 'call for action'.
  2. A review of the effectiveness of Surrey's approach to addressing environmental issues, ensure the right research and data are informing the approach and identify opportunities to introduce new initiatives.
  3. A challenge will enable local residents, communities and businesses to be innovative in developing and implementing ideas that will tackle climate change and other environmental issues.