Let’s make Merton carbon neutral by 2050 together!

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The Climate Action Plan will set Merton on course to decarbonise by 2050, and for the Council to decarbonise by 2030. This email provides a further update.

(1) Online Survey – extended deadline: Due to a number of requests, we have extended the deadline of the Climate Survey to Monday 16th December. The survey will be used to help us understand what residents, businesses and other groups find important when considering actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Please encourage as many people as possible to fill in the survey for residents or the survey for those representing an organisation. For more detailed proposals, please email Future Merton (future.merton@merton.gov.uk).

Survey for residents here:
https://consult.merton.gov.uk/kms/elab.aspx?noip=1&CampaignId=740

Survey for organisations here:
https://consult.merton.gov.uk/kms/elab.aspx?noip=1&CampaignId=743

(2) Climate Emergency Working Group: The Climate Emergency Working Group, set up to steer the Climate Action Plan, held its third meeting on 4th December. The volunteers of the group continue to put a lot of time and energy into providing advice for the Climate Action Plan, and we sincerely appreciate the wonderful job they are doing to identify actions, help source evidence and influence the process. Papers and minutes for the first two meetings are available on the Climate Emergency Working Group website, and will soon be available for the third meeting.

(3) Technical Support: Merton Council has appointed Aether to undertake a full greenhouse gas inventory of the Borough, and advise on technically feasible pathways to becoming a net-zero borough. They have already run a Workshop with Council staff and representatives from contractors who provide major services for the Council, and will be providing initial advice after Christmas.

(4) Project Work: The Council continue to look for ways to take immediate action and maximise our impact in this area. Since the Climate Emergency was declared in July, we have identified and bid for 6 funding opportunities outside the Council. Three of these have been successful, two are still outstanding, and one was unsuccessful. These have helped to provide expert advice on low carbon regeneration projects, and promoted schemes such as Solar Together, where over 450 people in Merton have registered their interest in purchasing solar panels.

Best wishes and seasons greeting you to all,

Dominique Hill and Katie Halter

Climate Change Officers
Future Merton Team
Merton Council

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