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, 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:
- 9 September, online launch. Watch the recording online.
- 15 September, first engagement webinar. watch the recording online. , or
- 30 September, 7pm - 8pm, second engagement webinar; watch the recording online.
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 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 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.