Climate strategy consultation
We are giving residents, businesses and local groups in the county the opportunity to have their say on our draft, which will help to shape the next five years of the council's action on climate change.
From Wednesday 1 September to 23:59 on Sunday 17 October, people can comment on the draft strategy, which covers seven delivery themes: transport; built environment; waste; green economy; energy generation, storage and distribution; natural environment, food and farming; and carbon neutral council.
Have your say by taking the online survey.
At the same time, we will also be consulting on 'Our Natural Environment Plan' - A Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) strategy for Wiltshire, which looks at the future for Wiltshire's natural environmental assets and how the council can help protect and enhance them for the benefit of people and biodiversity.
If you would like to support us during the consultation period please display a copy of our the recording of presentations of the Climate and Green and Blue Infrastraucture Strategies at meetings such as Area Boards or Parish Councils., or you can use
There will be a series of online and in-person events covering both strategies where people can find out more and ask questions. The full schedule of engagement events is as follows:
To join these events, people must sign up online in advance.
- 9 September, online launch. Watch the recording online.
- 15 September, first engagement webinar.
- 30 September, 7pm - 8pm, second engagement webinar.
Library drop-in sessions:
- 14 September, 10am - 12 noon, Salisbury Library
- 23 September, 10am - 12 noon, Devizes Library
- 27 September, 10am - 12 noon, Chippenham Library
- 7 October, 10am - 12 noon, Trowbridge Library
A hard copy of the Climate Strategy is available to view in every Wiltshire library, including mobile libraries.
An Easy Read version of the draft Climate Strategy is available to download
Background to the consultation
Wiltshire Council acknowledged a climate emergency in February 2019 and committed to becoming carbon neutral as an organisation by 2030. We are investing money to achieve this and are fully committed. We will also support Wiltshire to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We need to work with residents, communities and businesses to achieve this.
Also, we want Wiltshire to be resilient to the impacts of 2oC change.
In January 2021 we prepared awhich outlines some of the challenges and opportunities in relation to climate change in Wiltshire. A short of the Discussion Document is also available.
Information on what the council is already doing to combat carbon emissions and become resilient to climate change can be found in our twice-yearly updates to Wiltshire Council's Cabinet and Full Council.
The latest local authority carbon dioxide emissions data from the government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows that in 2019 the county's total carbon footprint was 2,587 kilotonnes. This is about 10% of the south west's carbon emissions and less than 1% of the UK total emissions. Transport takes up the largest percentage of Wiltshire's emissions at 45%. Industry and homes make up the remainder. Like many local authorities, we have chosen to use this dataset for our baseline because it is available for free, updated annually, and directly comparable with statistics for other areas, including regional and national data.
Wiltshire's emissions are measured against a 2005 baseline, as this was the first reporting year by BEIS. Significant reductions have been achieved since 2005, in line with the national trend. Key factors driving these reductions have been improvements in energy efficiency and steady decarbonisation of the electricity grid, as renewables account for an ever-increasing proportion of all generation.
You can find out more information in our draft.
Wiltshire Council has been working to reduce its carbon emissions for over a decade. Since 2010 the council has been monitoring, reporting and publishing its, in line with UK government requirements.
The report is prepared using guidance published by the government Department for Energy, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Through monitoring our emissions, we can better understand the impact our operations have on the environment and take action to lessen this impact
Wiltshire Council's emissions in 2020 amounted to 10 ktCO2 - equivalent to approximately 0.4% of the county's 2019 emissions.