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Surrey's climate change strategy

Published: 30 April 2020

Climate change

Together we can tackle the issue locally

Climate change is a global issue that is impacting our environment, our health and the natural world. It is presenting enormous challenges for us including the increase of carbon dioxide, rising sea temperatures and poor air quality. Only by working together, taking action in our own homes and making changes county-wide, can we tackle these issues locally. That's why Surrey County Council has launched Surrey's Climate Change Strategy.

The strategy sets out a collective way for us all to do our part in the fight against climate change, so residents can live in clean, safe and green communities, where people and organisations embrace their environmental responsibilities.

The strategy, developed with insight from academic partners, residents, businesses, schools and emergency services, is broken down into eight key sectors, including transport and air quality, housing and planning, and energy generation. Each sector includes emissions reduction targets, priorities and actions to achieve them, so we can deliver on Surrey's ambition to be net zero carbon by 2050 and pave the way for Surrey's Greener Future.

Did you know?

Transport in Surrey is responsible for 46% of emissions. The county carries almost twice as much traffic than average for South East England, which means the transport sector is the most influential area for Surrey to tackle.

New tree strategy

It goes without saying that trees have significant potential to nurture our environment, improve air quality and positively impact climate change. Surrey has committed to facilitate planting 1.2 million trees county-wide, one for every Surrey resident, and Surrey's New Tree Strategy which has also just been launched, provides a way for us to deliver on this.

We must all do what we can to help tackle climate change and for Surrey to achieve the goal of net zero carbon by 2050, we must act today.

Read the climate change strategy summary (PDF) and the new tree strategy summary (PDF) or you can read the full document for both strategies by visiting our climate change page.

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