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Wiltshire Council's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions report 2020/21

Background

Since 2011, the council has published an annual report on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from its own estate and operations as requested by government. The report is prepared in accordance with guidance published by the government.

The guidance is aimed at all sizes of business as well as public and third sector organisations and explains how organisations can measure and report their GHG emissions. Existing data sources such as utility bills, fuel consumption and car mileage can be converted into CO2 equivalent emissions by applying relevant conversion factors.

Through monitoring its emissions, the council is able to better understand the impact its operations have on the environment and, most importantly, to take action in order to mitigate this impact. The council is taking action to tackle the causes and effects of climate change and has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.

A new carbon reduction strategy is being prepared to enable us to meet these commitments. The draft Climate Strategy is now available to view online