Surrey agrees Climate Emergency Motion – but needs to reach net-zero sooner

Today Surrey County Council voted in favour of a Climate Emergency  Motion, with the aim of going carbon neutral by 2050.

Green Cllr Jonathan Essex said: “After trying to get Surrey to move forward on its climate commitments earlier this year, we’ve finally got some progress with a Climate Emergency Motion being passed.

“The Motion should however have addressed the urgency of the climate crisis by pledging to go carbon neutral by 2030. As it currently stands it will deliver the carbon cuts needed 20 years too late and puts Surrey out of step with 71 other councils around the country which have made a 2030 commitment.

“However Surrey is now amongst the group of Conservative-controlled Councils (including Kent, Dorset, Suffolk and Devon) which have voted for urgent action on climate change – which is something the Greens have been pressing for. That’s a step up.

“It’s good to see the strengthening of commitment – a plan of action to achieve this goal will follow this year and we’ll be keeping up the pressure to make sure it’s achieved. The County Council is also writing to Government to ask what resources will be made available to local authorities to meet carbon reduction targets, which is to be welcomed.”

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