We are committed to improving our environment and reducing our carbon footprint. We can make changes on our doorstep that will benefit our local environment. Our behaviour and decisions can help to meet wider UK sustainability and carbon targets.
We also need your help.
What the Council is doing about environmental sustainability
Our five year corporate plan, Reigate & Banstead 2025, includes an objective to reduce the Council's own environmental impact, support local residents and businesses to do the same, and to make sure our activities increase the borough's resilience to the effects of climate change.
To help achieve this objective, the Council's Executive agreed a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan in July 2020, which commits us to making our own operations, and the borough, a more sustainable place to live. We will report on this annually.
We can make a difference
We have identified three main sustainability themes where together we can make a big difference:
- Energy and carbon – reducing emissions and increasing renewable energy and fuel use.
- Low impact consumption - using fewer natural resources - such as cutting the amount of water we use and the food we waste.
- Biodiversity and the natural environment – protecting and enhancing our green spaces and ecosystems.
We are making progress but there is much more to come.
Our energy supply is now carbon neutral - a third is supplied from renewable tariffs and the remaining carbon emissions are offset by investing in United Nations backed carbon reduction schemes
In November, we took our first annual report on progress with our own Environmental Sustainability Strategy to the Executive Committee. The report covers important topics like our successful solar panel project, recycling of household waste and community tree planting.
It also includes two annexes:
- one that details our progress so far,
- and another that outlines some new initiatives we will be including in our Action Plan.
The report and the annexes can be found in the public reports pack for the Executive Committee, from page 11. Here is a shorter version of the Progress Report on the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2020-21.
A number of new actions were created as part of our annual reporting process in 2021, which can be found alongside our Action Plan here.