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Draft Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy published

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All five councils in Somerset have published Somerset’s DRAFT Climate Emergency Strategy. You can view the strategy by clicking this link:

Somerset’s DRAFT Climate Emergency Strategy has been produced by the five local authorities following a public consultation that took place in January 2020. Somerset’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy will be going through a formal approval process and public airing, starting from 6 October at all five councils in Somerset.

The aim of the strategy is to reduce carbon emissions in the county and make Somerset a County resilient to the inevitable effects of Climate Change.

The strategy provides some high-level detail explaining what the five councils intend to do to address the most important issues around the Climate Emergency.

As you are aware, SSDC has its own Environment Strategy, which we set out in October last year and are already working hard to deliver.

The Somerset-wide strategy does not replace this and instead we will work in parallel, with SSDC continuing to deliver our own strategy and the five district councils will continue with theirs. Under the County Climate Emergency Strategy we will all be working together to deliver county-wide solutions to reach our goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

We know we need to put the environment at the forefront of every decision we make as a local authority and in our own everyday lives to enable us to make the changes needed to tackle climate change.

What are we currently doing in terms of our own SSDC environment strategy?

We’re already implementing numerous environment initiatives within our Environment Strategy. From Tree planting schemes, developing electric vehicle charging networks, investing in battery storage facilities, and supporting communities with grants for environment projects and so much more.

You all receive our monthly Get Sussed newsletter to keep you updated with all news related to delivering our environment strategy. If you haven't seen it click here to see the latest edition.

You can also refer to the SSDC Environment Strategy here.

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