Swindon expands carbon-neutral plans

Plans for Swindon to be carbon-neutral by 2030 have been expanded following original backing for proposals in January 2021.

The council has already invested in low emission vehicles and sustainable travel modes as well as energy use in its buildings and LED lighting with approximately £15m spent on solar farms, EV charging points and LED streetlights.

The local authority is now aiming to educate residents on how they can reduce their carbon footprint in the wider community and beyond council-run building and activities.

Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Councillor Keith Williams, said: “Protecting our environment is a key commitment for this Council and this ambitious strategy sets out how we plan to meet our pledge to become carbon neutral.

“We have already invested a significant amount in renewable energy, sustainable travel and energy savings schemes and this strategy sets out our next steps.

“As a leading voice in the town we plan to set the example by bringing our own organisation down to net zero and we hope many others will follow suit.

“While we will do everything we can, it will be down to all of us as residents and businesses to change the way we travel, work and live if we are to cut our carbon emissions as a borough.”

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