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Plans published on Somerset’s Climate Emergency following public feedback

Plans published on Somerset’s Climate Emergency following public feedback

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Draft plans have now been drawn up on how Somerset will tackle the changing climate in a brand-new Climate Emergency Strategy, developed by the five councils in Somerset. Earlier this year people in Somerset were invited to have their say about the global Climate Emergency and Somerset’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The key themes in Somerset’s Draft Climate Emergency Strategy are energy, transport, built environment, business and industry, natural environment, farming and food, water, waste and communications.

The Climate Emergency Strategy outlines what action will be taken under each theme. In addition, in the Summary Strategy, some actions are given on how everyone can contribute to Somerset becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Two surveys were carried out earlier this year for 11 to 18s and another for over 18s to help shape the draft plan.

A series of ‘have your say’ drop in events were held in each district area and a business summit where people found out how the five councils in Somerset are working together on their approach to the Climate Emergency and how they aim to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

Over 5000 people took part in the surveys and drop in events. The five Portfolio Holders in each of the councils said:

“We would like to thank each and every one of you who gave up time to attend the local drop in events and complete the online survey to tell us what environment issues matter most to you. Your input has been invaluable in shaping the strategy.

“To reach our goal to be net zero carbon by 2030, we all need to play our part. The environment must be at the forefront of every decision we make, both as local councils and in our everyday lives, so that together we can make more sustainable choices across all aspects of life that benefit the environment.”

The results of the public feedback were used to inform the direction of Somerset’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy, which will now be going through a formal approval process. It will be available to view by the public from 6 October.

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 where you can find a copy of the consultation findings.

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