Previous to Somerset Council all the Somerset Councils had either declared or recognised a Climate and Ecological Emergency. All five councils contributed and committed to delivering the joint Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy.

The strategy has three goals and is split into nine sections

  • To decarbonise Local Authorities, the wider public sector estates and reduce our carbon footprint
  • To work towards making Somerset a Carbon Neutral County by 2030
  • To have a Somerset which is prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of Climate Change

The strategies themes

  1. Energy
  2. Transport
  3. Built Environment
  4. Business, Industry and Supply Chain
  5. Natural Environment
  6. Farming and Food
  7. Water
  8. Waste and Resource
  9. Communications

We all know that the time to act is now with the 2020’s identified as the critical period for us to really make an impact. All our climate teams and experience from the five previous Somerset councils have continued into Somerset Council. You can find out more about what each council accomplished

As the local authority for Somerset, it is our responsibility to act, lead by example and bring others along. However, we cannot do this alone. Everyone has a role and responsibility to act against the climate and ecological crisis.

If you’d like to get involved and find out what we’re up to, head over to our newsletter and climate champions page.

If you’d like to catch up on a previous event or find out what we’re up to have a look at our current projects have a look at our news and events page and current projects page.

Below are just some of the organisations we’re proud to be working alongside

  • Somerset Rivers Authority
  • Somerset Waste Partnership
  • Parish/Town/City Councils
  • Local Community Networks (LCNs)
  • Neighbouring Districts/County Councils/Unitary Authorities
  • Farmers and Landowners
  • Distribution Network Operators
  • Utility companies
  • Businesses
  • Central Government
  • Homeowners and renters
  • Landlords
  • Volunteer and Community Groups
  • Charities
  • Schools both County owned and wider I.e. academies, diocese owned and private
  • The AONBs
  • Forestry Commission
  • Somerset Local Nature Partnership
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • South West Energy Hub
  • Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Community Energy Groups
  • Environment Agency
  • National Farmers Union
  • FWAG (Farming Wildlife Advisory Group) Southwest
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • UK100

Last reviewed: March 25, 2023 by Sophie

Next review due: September 25, 2023

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