Merton Council’s Climate Action Plan: An update

Blog by Rachael Edwards

Community Champions Project Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Sustainable Merton

In July 2019, Merton Council declared a Climate Emergency and is now working to become a carbon neutral borough by 2050 and a carbon neutral Council by 2030. The Council is developing a Climate Action Plan to deliver these targets.

A few months ago, many of you completed the Council’s Climate Emergency Consultation Survey that will contribute to the development of this Plan. Your ideas, along with insight from other workstreams, have now been turned into a long list of potential actions. At the end of February, Diana Sterck and I had the opportunity to contribute to Merton Council’s Climate Action Plan Stakeholder Workshop which helped to prioritise these actions. This workshop brought together stakeholders from the Council and their contractors, other public sector bodies, businesses, the community, and residents. With this blog, I wanted to share a summary of the workshop and the Climate Action Plan.

The Council’s Work So Far...

During the first part of the workshop, we heard an update on the Council’s work so far in the development of a Climate Action Plan. To date, the Council has compiled a long list of potential actions based on evidence from four workstreams:

1. Climate Emergency Working Group: Made up of 15 highly informed community members (including our own Tom Walsh and Community Champions Cecily and Alice), the Working Group undertook community consultation and research to compile specific recommendations for the Climate Action Plan under several themes.

2. Public consultation