The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro and Surrey Police have announced their support for declaring a climate emergency.
The PCC has said the Force is committed to regarding climate change as having significant implications for Surrey’s communities and wants to play its part by reducing its carbon footprint in the county.
Surrey County Council declared a climate emergency in July this year and eight of the 11 Borough and District Councils in the county have since followed suit – including those areas where Surrey Police has a significant estates footprint.
The PCC and Chief Constable Gavin Stephens have stated they fully back the move and a strategy is now being developed for Surrey Police through its Environmental Board with the aim of making the organisation carbon-neutral by 2030.
This includes reducing transport emissions and waste and incorporating that strategy into plans being drawn up for the Force estate – including the future move to a new headquarters and operational base in Leatherhead.
Energy reductions targets are also being put in place which will look at a reduction in the use of gas, electricity and water where possible.
PCC David Munro said: “Climate change affects everyone and as an organisation employing over 4,000 people, I firmly believe we have a responsibility in ensuring we play our part in policing to protect the environment we live in.