Responding to today’s publication of a new Environment Bill, Surrey County Council have welcomed the increased focus on local powers included as part of a strong solution to protecting and improving the environment.
Surrey County Council are hugely ambitious in tackling climate change and, having declared a climate emergency earlier this year, have taken steps to protect and improve the environment and to move towards its target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste at Surrey County Council, Cllr Mike Goodman has welcomed the measures outlined in the Bill, arguing they would enable Surrey County Council to go even further and to undergo a step-change in efforts to tackle air pollution, conserve nature, and dramatically change the way we manage waste.
“I am delighted to see the Government putting such a strong focus on protecting and improving our environment for generations to come.
“Surrey County Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and are taking a number of steps to make our open spaces pollution free, increase recycling, and work closely with partners and residents to tackle the causes of climate change. We are planting over a million trees, one for each Surrey resident, we are investing in the longterm protection of communities at risk of flooding, and we have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.
“Furthermore, we are bringing people, communities, and organisations together to find solutions in the steadfast belief that partnership provides the key to unlocking our combined strengths. Last week, Surrey County Council brought together bus operators and manufacturers, as well as public health and air quality experts to plot a route towards making the county’s buses as environmentally friendly as possible. We have also run Surrey’s Greener Future design challenge which invited anyone in Surrey to contribute to how they could enact change in their community to tackle climate change.
“The measures proposed in the Environment Bill will give us the ability to further supercharge our efforts to address sources of air pollution, restore and enhance nature, and transform the way we manage our waste.”