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Climate strategy consultation

Between 1 September and 17 October 2021 we gave residents, businesses and local groups in the county the opportunity to have their say on our draft Icon for pdf Climate Strategy [6.26MB], which will help to shape the next five years of the council's action on climate change.

Over 1000 people and organisations commented 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.

At the same time, we also consulted 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.

Responses are currently being analysed and the feedback will be used to inform the final climate and GBI strategies which will be taken to Council in February 2022 for adoption.

We held a series of online and in-person events covering both strategies where people were able to find out more and ask questions. The full schedule of engagement events was as follows:

Online webinars:

Questions submitted during our launch event and engagement webinars have been answered and can be found online.

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

In addition we ran consultation sessions with business representatives, in secondary schools and at the Centre for Independent Living.

A reference copy of the climate strategy was made available to view in every Wiltshire library, including mobile libraries.  An Icon for pdf Easy Read version [5.71MB] of the draft Climate Strategy was also made 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 a Icon for pdf Discussion Document [1.75MB] which outlines some of the challenges and opportunities in relation to climate change in Wiltshire. A short Icon for pdf summary [1.01MB] 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.