Committee details

Surrey's Greener Future Task and Finish Group

Purpose of committee

Surrey's Greener Future Task Group will focus on Surrey County Council's recent declaration of a climate emergency and the actions the council needs to take to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. The task group will also consider the role residents need to play in their local community and the wider impact of other public sector organisations and the private sector on the county’s environment to develop a system-wide position.

Why are we consulting?

Surrey’s Community Vision for 2030 contains the ambition that:

“Residents will live in clean, safe and green communities, where people and organisations embrace their environmental responsibilities”

This reflects Surrey residents’ desire to preserve their county for future generations. It recognises that people and organisations are collectively responsible for ensuring Surrey is safe, free from pollution and has open, green spaces to enjoy in the future.

As this is part of the vision, there’s a responsibility on all of us to turn this into a reality.

So, when members of Surrey County Council met in July, we declared a climate emergency and made a number of commitments to our environment. This included that we would deliver a strategy setting out what we will do to improve the environment in Surrey.

And this is where you come in. We are forming a cross-party task group of councillors that will test what the ambition means in reality. To do that, we want to hear from Surrey residents, businesses and partners so we can write a call for action.

Please share with us what’s important to you on climate change. Whether it’s what you’re already doing, the need for action, or the reasons why it is important to you. We’ll be considering all the responses we receive and might ask you to meet with us to discuss it further.

That’s not all we are doing. We’re making sure our approach and research is right; as well as challenging residents to come up with ways they can make changes to their community, with the offer of support to make them a reality.

These are a really exciting opportunities which we hope will not just improve the environment in Surrey, but make our contribution to combatting global climate change. This matters to all of us, so we urge you to get involved.


Andy Macleod

Chairman of Surrey's Greener Future Task Group




Contact information

Support officer: Ross Pike, Committees Business Manager. Email:

Postal address:
Room 122
County Hall
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Phone: 020 8541 9122