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01 December 2015

Plan to tackle energy challenges

"With this energy resilience plan we want to continue the progress we have made to reduce carbon emissions in Wiltshire by supporting coordinated action from a range of stakeholders."

Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for strategic planning, property, waste and strategic housing

An energy resilience plan has been published to tackle a range of challenges faced by the people of Wiltshire.

The Wiltshire Council plan, which sets out actions to reduce energy demand, improve affordable warmth, promote sustainable transport and deliver low carbon energy solutions, has involved contributions from a range of stakeholders. Wiltshire businesses, community groups and public sector partners helped to produce the plan, which reflects the breadth of activities going on in the county.

The Energy Resilience Plan is the first of its kind for the county and follows the council's recent signing of the Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network declaration, to acknowledge the progress already made in addressing climate change and facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy.

Wiltshire is now placed third in the South West for installed renewable energy capacity energy efficiency schemes have insulated 1,400 homes, and the council's own energy consumption and business mileage has reduced. Energy consumption from Wiltshire Council's corporate estate has been reduced by 35 percent since 2010/11 and business mileage emissions have reduced by almost a third since 2010/11.

Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for strategic planning, property, waste and strategic housing said:  "With this energy resilience plan we want to continue the progress we have made to reduce carbon emissions in Wiltshire by supporting coordinated action from a range of stakeholders.

"In developing this plan we have set out some of the challenges and opportunities ahead as we seek to address climate change and secure the pathway to a low carbon economy. We need stakeholders to work together to ensure communities and businesses can benefit from secure, affordable and sustainable energy in the future."

The plan is published on the Wiltshire Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk

In the South West, renewable energy capacity grew by 80 percent in 2014/15 and it is estimated that 14 percent of electricity is now generated from renewables (Regen SW). Wiltshire is now placed third in the region for installed renewable electricity and heat capacity, behind only Devon and Cornwall, due predominately to growth in Solar PV.

The council operates an accredited energy management system and has delivered 120 ‘invest to save' energy efficiency projects at a cost of £4.4 million, saving 2,580 tonnes of CO2 (tCO2) and £617,000 on annual council energy spend. Installation of solar panels on corporate buildings has saved £114,000 and 276 tCO2 to date.

 

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