On World Environment Day, Surrey County Council has launched a new website designed to gather feedback from residents about their views on climate change. This follows the release of Surrey’s Climate Change strategy in April.
The new website asks for feedback on four key areas including transport, waste and consumer habits, housing and development, and how we can build resilience to climate change. These are the main areas that residents’ own behaviour can influence our future greenhouse gas emissions.
The website asks questions about each sector, including what changes residents would like to see their council support and also what changes they will be making themselves. The website will display everyone’s comments so residents will be able to see the changes other people are making and hopefully be inspired to make some of their own.
Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change, said, “We’re really keen to hear from residents as we know climate change is an important topic for many people. This new website will allow residents to suggest ideas and solutions to some of our most pressing climate issues and will allow us to understand what people’s priorities are. I would urge residents to visit the site and share their views with us.”
The Climate Change Strategy was developed by Surrey’s 12 local authorities and is the result of a shared ambition across the county council and the districts and boroughs, for Surrey’s Greener Future – one where residents can live in clean, safe and green communities and embrace their environmental responsibilities.
The strategy is broken down into eight key sectors; Organisation Emissions, Transport and Air Quality, Energy Generation, Housing and Planning, Buildings and Infrastructure, Waste, Resources and Circular Economy, Land Use and Food Systems, Industry and Economy. Each sector includes county-wide CO2e emissions reduction targets, three strategic priorities and actions to achieve them.
Following the release of the strategy, work is now underway to develop an action plan to deliver on the strategic priorities identified.
The new website can be accessed at surreysgreenerfuture.uk or to read the full Climate Change Strategy and action plan, visit the Surrey County Council website.