Climate change

What the council is doing

Local authorities are directly responsible for between 2 to 5% of their local area’s emissions. However, councils have many levers that can be used to deliver wider local action to reduce emissions and prepare local areas for a changing climate.

In July 2021, the council’s cabinet approved the Net Zero Emissions Action Plan which sets out an initial set of actions to progress the ambitions to:

  1. Achieve net zero in the council’s organisational greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  2. Support the community on the journey to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which links to the UK-wide same date target set by the UK Government

This builds on the council’s record of seizing opportunities to reduce emissions, including leading these renewable energy projects, such as:

  • Wroughton Airfield Solar Farm, capacity 62 megawatts (MW) - one of the largest ground mount solar parks in the UK
  • Chapel Farm Solar Park - the first solar farm funded by a council backed community solar bond, that won a national ‘Best Renewable Energy Initiative’ award
  • Common Farm Solar Park - the first solar farm funded by an ISA-eligible renewable energy bond

Press play on the video below to find out more about this work.

report commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change explains more about the role of local authorities in supporting local and national efforts to reduce emissions.

Read how the UK Government is tackling climate change, with a target of cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels on the path to reaching net zero by 2050.

The UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 to 12 November 2021. Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.

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