Climate Emergency Strategy agreed by five councils in Somerset

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The five councils in Somerset have been given the green light to implement the recently launched plan for Somerset to go carbon neutral by 2030.

The Somerset-wide Climate Emergency Strategy considers how climate change will impact the County of Somerset and describes what we need to do to cut our emissions and build resilience to the likely risks that may arise.  The Strategy was launched on 6 October and has now been approved by all five councils in Somerset at their Full Council meetings.

The Strategy was developed by all five Somerset councils following a wider public consultation in January 2020 when the people of Somerset had their say about what the priorities of the Strategy should be.

Some of the key actions in the Strategy to tackle our carbon emissions include:

  • Developing an energy plan for Somerset with energy suppliers to ensure our future energy demands can be supported
  • Developing an electric vehicle strategy for Somerset
  • Improving walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure
  • Improving resilience to climate change impact such as flooding
  • Working with businesses and residents to reduce their own emissions

The five councils have also committed to working with neighbouring local authorities and the South West councils to develop some ‘big asks’ of government around policy and funding decisions to tackle climate change across the South West region and support the aims of this Strategy in Somerset.

The five portfolio holders in each of the councils said:

“This is a landmark decision by all five councils in Somerset to work together to tackle climate change. Our Climate Emergency Strategy will have an impact on everyone’s daily lives in Somerset.

“To reach our goal to be net zero carbon by 2030, we all need to play our part. The Strategy is our roadmap on how we are going to reach carbon neutral and everyone in Somerset will need to contribute to this in some way. We will now work together with the community to help them understand how they can reduce their carbon footprint. As councils we will also be working hard to reduce our own carbon footprint and where necessary, lobby government on national policy.“

The full strategy and summary strategy with the details of all the plans for each key theme can be reviewed at www.somerset.gov.uk/climate-emergency

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