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29.07.19

Wiltshire Council pledges to go carbon neutral by 2030

Wiltshire Council has outlined its strategy to address climate change with a commitment from Cabinet for the council to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Initial steps will include looking towards a major increase in renewable energy generation on council buildings and reviewing the council fleet to establish which vehicles can become electric when they are replaced.

The areas outlined by Wiltshire Council as potentially being key to meeting this carbon neutral target include renewable energy generation, energy use and efficiency, planning, transport and air quality, waste, land use and business and industry

Richard Clewer, deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We want to show leadership because we take the issue of climate change very seriously.  We need to show that we can generate our own energy needs renewably to help lead the way in Wiltshire.

"Locally we can't do this alone; we will need to work with other organisations, stakeholders, communities and groups.

READ MORE: Wiltshire Council appoints new leader as Baroness Scott steps down

“However, if we, as an organisation can lead the way given the size we are, then we hope that communities will be keen to work with us to ensure that Wiltshire is seen as a positive example of how to tackle this issue."

Cllr Graham Wright, chairman of the global warming and climate emergency task group, added: "If counties like Wiltshire don't start to put changes into place now, then collectively we won't be able to make a positive difference.

"We are under no illusion of the monumental scale of this issue. What we have in our favour though is a growing awareness and recognition from the public that, globally, this serious issue should be high on everyone's agenda."

The carbon neutral endeavour from Wiltshire Council is being supported by the Global Warming and Climate Emergency Task Group, chaired by Cllr Graham Wright and made up of eight councillors, which has been set up by the council’s Environment Select Committee to consider some of the main issues.

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