On the 9 of October 2019, the Council declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 across its own estate and operations, including contractors used, and support the actions being taken by Surrey County Council in this area.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our society. The scientific evidence of anthropogenic climate change is overwhelming and will have a lasting impact on people and wildlife . The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 report makes clear that the impacts of climate change are being experienced now through unprecedented global trends and through more localised severe weather events. The Climate Emergency declared by the Council recognises that climate change is happening, and that action needs to be taken now, both to mitigate and to adapt.
The Surrey Heath Climate Change Action Plan has two key aims:
To work towards achieving the ambitious net-zero carbon emission target by 2030 as an organisation and contribute to making the Borough net zero by 2050 (with the aspiration for net zero by 2030).
To ensure that the Council as an organisation is resilient to the impacts of climate change and support the resilience of the Borough to the impacts of climate change.
View the Climate Change Action Plan.