Surrey’s climate change strategy

The United Nations and the international scientific community have made clear the potentially severe global human, environmental and economic impacts that man-made climate change poses. The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, recognised the need to accelerate actions and investment to combat climate change and pursue efforts to limit the future global temperature increase to 1.5°C. The potential implications if we do nothing for communities include increased risk of flooding and extreme heat, disruption to our critical infrastructure, networks and industry, and increased risk to our health and wellbeing.

Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy (PDF) is our delivery on these ambitions. It provides a joint framework for collaborative action on climate change across Surrey’s local authorities and other partners.

To achieve our goal of net zero carbon by 2050, we must act today.

We recognise that Surrey residents and communities are already facing, and will continue to face, the impacts of climate change on a daily basis. As part of this Strategy, we seek to build on our existing measures to strengthen resilience down to the household level, through climate-proofing our services and infrastructure.

It is critical that we work alongside residents, the business community in Surrey and other key partners to ensure we are able to secure the required innovation, behaviour change and investment required to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

About the strategy

The strategy was developed through engaging with academic partners, residents, businesses, schools and emergency services through workshops, focus groups, resident panels, and commissioning groups. It contains:

  • 8 themed chapters
  • 19 targets
  • 164 actions

Some of these actions can be undertaken immediately and are expected to be completed by 2022, whilst others will take longer to plan, implement and achieve – working towards a 2035 timeline. They will be a mixture of those implemented by Surrey County Council and other authority partners, whilst others will be what our residents and businesses can do. The strategic priorities within the strategy, and the accompanying emissions reduction targets, will be revisited every five years to consider potential for acceleration, with an annual progress report against our targets and key actions. Hereunder is an overview of the chapters included in the strategy, their ambition and main target.

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