Welcoming the Government’s announcement that it’s setting a legal target for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said:
“We have been lobbying the Government to make a clear commitment to reach zero carbon emissions, so are delighted that this is becoming a priority. We’re ready to work with businesses, residents and partners in Surrey to help them to deliver zero emissions.
“Our Vision to 2030 says residents should live in clean, safe and green communities, and we have already introduced electric buses, worked with parents to reduce car use on the school run and improved roads to reduce congestion. But we recognise that more is required to deliver the ambitious but achievable target.
“Therefore we’re developing an environmental charter that we will announce in the autumn that will include what we can do in both the short and long term. In 2020 we will deliver a strategy for our county’s environment and countryside including land owned by Surrey County Council. A commission to develop this will be launched at the Surrey Rural Conference on 12 July.”