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Swindon Borough Council flesh out carbon neutral plans

Swindon Borough Council has expanded on its plans to go carbon neutral by 2030 which were unanimously backed  by the Council back in January.

The Council plans to reduce its carbon impacts by analysing energy used for heating and lighting their buildings, installing LED lights across their buildings, investing in low emission vehicles as well as encouraging staff to use sustainable methods of travel to get into work.

The Council has already invested approximately £15m into solar energy farms, electric vehicle charging points as well as LED streetlights.

The Council will also be aiming to educate residents how they can reduce their carbon footprint in the wider community, not just in Council-run buildings.

Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Councillor Keith Williams, said:

“Protecting our environment is a key commitment for this Council and this ambitious strategy sets out how we plan to meet our pledge to become carbon neutral.

“We have already invested a significant amount in renewable energy, sustainable travel and energy savings schemes and this strategy sets out our next steps.

“As a leading voice in the town we plan to set the example by bringing our own organisation down to net zero and we hope many others will follow suit.

“While we will do everything we can, it will be down to all of us as residents and businesses to change the way we travel, work and live if we are to cut our carbon emissions as a borough.”

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