Wiltshire Council joins rural fight against climate change

Wiltshire Council joins rural fight against climate change

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:37am 25th June 2020.

2 minute read

The authority's signed up to a new group that brings together 'countryside' councils to take part in talks with the Government on environmental issues.

Wiltshire Council is a founder member of the 'Countryside Climate Network', which aims to put forward the views of more rural communities in discussions about climate change.

21 local authorities have joined together, who represent about a quarter of the UK's population (14.3 million people).

The Network will be calling for Government investment, for things like infrastructure are targeted towards rural areas so they're not left behind.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: 

"We're delighted to join the Countryside Climate Network to ensure the important voice of rural councils in heard in the fight against climate change.

"Climate solutions and green recovery packages have largely missed the rural voice, and we need to be properly funded to support our ambitions as a rural county, so we can create opportunities in the Wiltshire countryside and green infrastructure.

"We are seeking to become climate neutral by 2030, but we need investment from government to help us achieve this."

Solar Panels (Wiltshire Council)
Wiltshire Council's already taking steps to tackle climate change - like installing solar panels at many of their buildings

HOW CAN CARBON EMISSIONS BE MEASURED? 

Wiltshire Council's also working with the Local Government Association and the County Councils Network to develop a way of checking an authority's level of carbon emissions.

That will aim to create a standard way of reporting emissions that can be compared with other councils and keep local people up to date with the progress being made.

The scheme will be trialled later this summer.

There's an aim for Wiltshire Council to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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