The Climate Strategy and Action Plan forms Merton's response to our declaration of a climate emergency, which set net zero carbon targets of 2050 for the borough and 2030 for the Council. This 30 year plan sets out our vision for Merton in 2050 and the key actions required to get to net-zero carbon across four thematic areas (the Green Economy, Buildings and Energy, Transport and Greening Merton), as well as how the Council is going to decarbonise its own operations by 2030.
The action plan was considered by Cabinet on 13 July 2020 and approved by Council on 18 November 2020.
You can find out more about our next steps and what you can do to help in the sections below. We also ran two webinars in December to launch the delivery phase of the Action Plan, and update local residents, community groups, businesses and organisations on next steps and how they can get involved in making Merton a net-zero carbon borough. If you missed the webinars but would like to find out more, you can watch the recording here. We are moving over to a new system for our climate change updates.
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Developing our approach
The plan is the result of a collaborative effort from many individuals and organisations across the borough and beyond:
A wide public consultation
- Climate Survey Consultation Report
- Suggested Actions identified through the Climate Consultation
- Recommendations from Merton's Climate Emergency Working Group
A stakeholder workshop in February 2020
- Climate Action Plan Workshop – Briefing Note
- Climate Action Plan Workshop – Delegate Agenda
- Climate Action Plan Workshop – Presentation
- Climate Action Plan Workshop – Workshop Report
- Technical work to understand Merton's baseline carbon emissions and consider a pathway to net-zero carbon.
Getting to net-zero carbon
Key sources of carbon emissions for the borough and the council’s own operations
|Economy||Emissions from the wider economy cannot be calculated accurately but they are estimated to far exceed the emissions generated within the borough.|
|Residential buildings||328 ktCO2e - 46% emissions|
|Commercial buildings||243 ktCO2e - 34% emissions|
|Transport||138 ktCO2e - 19% emissions|
|Land use||0.1% emissions offset|
The total of borough emissions is 708 ktCO2e.
0.2% of building emissions avoided by local renewable energy generation.
Actions in Merton’s Climate Strategy and Action Plan focus on tackling the key sources of greenhouse gas emissions that require three major transformations:
- Working towards a green and circular economy
- A shift towards low carbon buildings and energy.
- A transition in transport towards walking, cycling and electric vehicles
The plan also recognises the need to enhance Merton’s green spaces to enable climate adaptation and resilience, and sets out key actions to deliver the Council’s 2030 target.
What you can do
Tackling climate change is a complex problem that requires a shared solution. Around 98% of Merton’s emissions are outside the Council’s direct control. The action plan identifies where individuals, businesses, organisations, landlords, service providers and communities play a key role, and must make changes towards more sustainable behaviours in order to become a carbon neutral borough.
To find out more about what the action plan says and how you can help, check out the What you can do page and the following thematic pages: