Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) appointed a Climate Change Working Group at a meeting of the Executive last night.
This follows the declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ at an SHBC Full Council meeting last month, where the Council pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 across its own estate and operations, including contractors used, and support the actions being taken by Surrey County Council in this area.
The agreed overall aim of the new Working Group is to consider and make recommendations to the Executive and/or the Council on strategies and actions to be undertaken to address climate change, and develop policy for the use of renewable materials and energy across the Council’s estate in order for the Council to become carbon neutral.
The Group will be made up of nine members, comprising five from the Conservative Group, two from the Liberal Democrats Group, and one from both the Community and Green Groups. The Chairman of the Working Group will be appointed at the first meeting of the municipal year.
The Terms of Reference for the Group will be agreed and released in due course.
The appointment of the Working Group builds on SHBC’s commitment to tackle climate change, and expands on actions already being taken by the Council to address environmental issues.
These include encouraging high recycling rates (SHBC is consistently in the top five in the country), a commitment alongside the other Surrey Boroughs and Districts to Surrey County Council's agreement to reducing single use plastics, promoting biodiversity, installing electric car charging points, and replacing standard lights with energy-efficient LED versions throughout Main Square car park.