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The Carbon Neutral Challenge

Climate change is a reality and it is very important to act now. Tackling the causes and managing the effects of climate change are two of the greatest challenges that we face as a society. 

The UK Government legal target (incorporated in the Climate Change Act 2008) to become carbon neutral by 2050 is designed to keep us below 2°C by reducing the 1990 level of net CO2 by 100%. Ideally, we would reduce our carbon emissions sooner, so that we can keep below a 1.5°C rise. Government has pledged to reduce national emissions by 68% by 2030, working towards being carbon neutral by 2050.

Since Wiltshire Council has made a firm commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, there is a focus on reducing carbon emissions from its operations and property. However, the council also has an ambition for the county of Wiltshire to become carbon neutral. This will require coordinated action by the public sector, businesses and residents working together towards a shared goal.