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Get involved - COP26 in Surrey

COP26 is coming to Surrey!

Join us in Farnham on 10th November to mark COP26 with a special event focussed on sustainable transport, or take part in our competition to be in with a chance of winning an electric bike.

As world leaders continue to come together in Glasgow to tackle the climate emergency, Surrey County Council will mark the UN Climate Change Conference with a special event in Farnham, and also by encouraging residents to get involved in tackling climate change by pledging to ‘do one thing’ to benefit the environment.

The event:

Want to test drive an electric car or van? Or see electric bikes in action? Find out more about what the future of transport could look like in Surrey? Come along to our free COP26 event, which is part of the national COP26 Regional Roadshow programme!

The ‘Greener Transport Surrey’ event is being held in Farnham, Upper Hart Car Park, on 10th November between 10am and 3pm. Activities will include:

  • Electric bike demonstrations from Canyon
  • A pedal-powered Scalextric challenge
  • Free bike repairs and maintenance advice
  • Information from Energy Saving Trust
  • Free test drives of electric cars and a van from Energy Saving Trust
  • Chance to see a hydrogen bus, similar to those which will be on Surrey’s roads next year
  • Information on climate change in Surrey and the trees programme including free seeds and saplings.
  • The competition:

    To support COP26, the council is asking residents to think about the changes they can make to reduce their carbon footprint and to register their efforts on Wildlife Aid's iDot (I do one thing) platform . By sharing your one thing by 30 November you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Canyon Commuter ON 7 electric bike !

    The campaign is part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency as outlined in the recently agreed Climate Change Delivery Plan. The Climate Change Delivery Plan sets out our priorities and actions for the next few years to help us achieve our goals of being net zero carbon as an organisation by 2030 and as a county by 2050.

    Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “With 46% of carbon emissions in Surrey coming from transport, we hope that this event will encourage our residents to think differently about the way they travel.

    “We have recently invested over £6m to improve footpaths and cycleways for residents and over £5m to improve bus services to help residents to rely less on their cars for certain journeys.

    “As just one of five successful applicants to be awarded the funding to host a COP26 Regional Roadshow, Surrey’s involvement in COP26 shows we are leading the way in driving change and I would urge all residents to play their part by pledging to do one thing to tackle climate change. If everyone takes some action to change their behaviour, the impact on reducing carbon emissions in Surrey will be significant.”

    For more information, please see the council's Greener Futures website , or have a look at the news post about the event.

    Posted on 4th November 2021

    by Amelia