In July 2020, Southwark Council published the draft Climate Change Strategy. This sets out the steps they need to take to meet our climate emergency declaration and become carbon neutral by 2030.

Closing date: 15th January 2021


The draft Climate Change Strategy explains their approach to reducing carbon and protecting biodiversity in Southwark. It sets out the principles they want to protect whilst delivering this strategy – inclusivity, transparency and ambition.

It also sets out the actions they believe need to happen in different areas (buildings, energy, travel, biodiversity, and consumption) to become carbon neutral by 2030 and protect our plants and wildlife.

According to Councillor Situ for Peckham ward, "tackling the climate emergency requires international co-operation, but it is also dependent on radical local action. Southwark Council has already acted to reduce our carbon footprint and air pollution, but we know we need to do more to address this challenge.

With our refreshed Council Plan, we are putting the environment at the heart of everything we do as a council. We are improving energy efficiency in our council homes, planting thousands more new trees, and promoting walking, cycling and public transport over private car use."

"Tackling the climate emergency requires international co-operation, but it is also dependent on radical local action. Southwark Council has already acted to reduce our carbon footprint and air pollution, but we know we need to do more to address this challenge. With our refreshed Council Plan, we are putting the environment at the heart of everything we do as a council. We are improving energy efficiency in our council homes, planting thousands more new trees, and promoting walking, cycling and public transport over private car use."

This consultation is your opportunity to have your say on whether you think this is the right approach. The full strategy can be found here, but this survey contains a summary of the key points and some questions to help us understand your views.

We want to hear from as many people as possible, from every part and every community in our borough.  Whether you live, work or play in Southwark we want to hear from you to help make sure this is the right plan for Southwark.


How has the Council listened to residents’ views on this strategy so far?

This consultation is part of a wider range of engagement that the Council has put together.

According to their website, due to the COVID-19 pandemic they have been unable to meet in person with large groups of residents. In place of this, they have been running an online engagement portal since May 2020 that has received over 600 individual comments.

They have also been running focus group sessions with TRAs and community groups, socially distanced pop-up events in local parks and recently an online conference with around 200 residents attending and sharing their views.

They will gather all of the feedback they receive from this consultation and all engagement to improve the draft strategy before publishing a final strategy early next year.

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