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New Local Plan

Climate change

Our aims is to make Merton a more environmentally sustainable place and net-zero carbon by 2050, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing local resilience to the impacts of a changing climate through sustainable design.

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Policy Reference Policy Name Summary  
CC8.10Promoting sustainable design to mitigate and adapt to climate change

This Strategic Policy sets out the overall aims of Merton's climate change policies to make Merton a more environmentally sustainable place and net-zero carbon by 2050, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing local resilience to the impacts of a changing climate through sustainable design.

Since the last round of consultation, the climate change policies have been updated to reflect the standards required to deliver Merton's ambition of being net zero carbon by 2050, in line with Merton's emerging Climate Strategy and Action Plan, in order to minimise Merton's future retrofit burden.

CC8.11Minimising greenhouse gas emissionsThis policy aims to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from development by maximising carbon savings on site.
CC8.12Minimising energy useThis policy aims to minimise energy use in existing and new buildings through energy efficiency improvements including a fabric first approach.
CC8.13Low carbon energyThis policy aims to drive the decarbonisation of heat and maximise renewable energy generation in the borough.
CC8.14Minimising waste and promoting a circular economyThis policy aims to minimise waste and embodied carbon, and promote a circular economy.
CC8.15Sustainable design standardsThis policy aims to drive higher sustainability standards in existing and new buildings in Merton.
CC8.16Adapting to a changing climateThis policy aims to ensure that development in Merton is adaptable and resilient to future climate change impacts (overheating and flooding).

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