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.

Climate Strategy and Action Plan

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.

Webinars

Following the adoption of Merton’s Climate Strategy & Action Plan, we ran two webinars in December 2020 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.

Watch the webinar on YouTube

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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

A stakeholder workshop in February 2020

Supporting technical evidence

  • 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

​Sources

​Borough emissions

​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.

The 2030 Council Target
To find out more about what we are doing to reduce our own emissions, please visit the 2030 Council Target page.

 

Year 1 of delivery (2021)

  • Climate Action Group
    Given that the vast majority of emissions in Merton (over 98%) are outside the Council's direct control, in January 2021, the Council launched Merton's Climate Action Group in order to foster and support local climate action. This group provides a framework to develop community-led projects that reduce Merton's carbon emissions and build a more climate resilient borough, where joint efforts are more effective than the actions of individuals or the Council alone.
    Find out more about the Climate Action Group and how you can get involved.
  • Climate communications
    To drive behaviour change and carbon reduction in the borough, throughout 2021 we have been running a climate comms campaign. This campaign identified steps that people who live, work and study in the borough can take to reduce their carbon footprint and play their part towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions in Merton. In order to reach beyond our usual channels and engage with as many people as possible, we worked with a network of climate communications partners who helped shape and share our climate messages.
    Find out more and make a pledge to take action.
  • Merton's Climate Delivery Plan for Year 1
    In January 2021, Council approved Merton's Climate Delivery Plan Y1, which sets out what action Merton Council is taking to support Merton's Climate Strategy & Action Plan in its first year of implementation (2021).
    You can find the Delivery Plan here
  • Merton’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update
    In 2021, greenhouse gas consultants, Aether, updated Merton’s greenhouse gas inventories for the borough and the Council.
    Merton’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for 2021

Year 2 of delivery (2022)

  • Climate Action Group
    Merton’s Climate Action Group made huge progress in 2021. In November 2021, Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding was allocated to a number of relevant community-led projects (e.g. The Wheel: a local circular economy hub for Merton) for delivery in 2022.
     
    To date, officers have experienced high levels of engagement from a small group of passionate and dedicated residents who have driven the development of a number of community-led projects. However, achieving this workstream will also require action and behaviour change from residents and businesses who aren’t already engaged in the climate agenda. In 2022, the Council therefore intends to build on Y1 activities, and extend engagement to groups which have been less represented to date.
    Find out more about the Climate Action Group and how you can get involved.
     
  • Merton's Climate Delivery Plan for Year 2
    In January 2022, the Council approved Merton's Climate Delivery Plan Y2, which sets out what action Merton Council is taking to support Merton's Climate Strategy & Action Plan in its second year of implementation (2022).
    You can find the Delivery Plan here

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: