On 25 July 2019, Council declared a ‘climate and ecological emergency’. This recognises the continued priority the borough gives to addressing global climate change, including biodiversity and habitat losses, through strong local commitment and most importantly actions. We pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 across our own estate and operations.
Our Climate Change Strategy, Woking 2050, sets out a vision guiding our collective efforts to create a sustainable borough by reducing our impact on the environment and how as a council we can lead by example. However, in order to achieve carbon neutrality, we need to identify what actions can be accelerated to eliminate our contribution to climate change completely.
A Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) was drafted and approved by the Climate Change Working Group at its meeting on 3 December 2019 and by Council on 13 February 2020.
The plan focuses on mitigation measures that will help reduce and eventually eliminate our carbon footprint. It will evolve and continue to be developed as more information is gathered about potential new projects and activities. The plan has been categorised in target areas of action:
- our assets (council corporate and leased) – energy and waste
- policy, leadership and behaviour changes
- sustainable development
- adaptation, ecology and habitats.
To date, the main plan includes 31 actions covering these themes.