Salisbury City Council continues to introduce environmental initiatives

By Nick Batten on 7 December, 2021

Salisbury City Council is continuing to seek, introduce and carry out innovative ways to minimise the environmental impact of its operations. 

The Council declared a climate emergency in June 2019 and is working to reduce its carbon footprint and make the city as carbon neutral as possible by 2030.

Examples of the initiatives introduced so far include:

  • An electric/hybrid van has been purchased which can be spotted on the city’s roads which will help to reduce emissions in Salisbury. Further information on this can be found here: https://bit.ly/3nNPttX
  • A grey water collection tank has been installed in the City Council’s depot. 15,000 litres of rain water from the tank has been reused to water floral displays. 
  • Solar panels were installed on Salisbury Guildhall in 2016 which produces green energy for the building.
  • A heat exchanger was installed at the Crematorium earlier this year to sustainably heat the building.
  • A heat pump has been installed at the Salisbury Caravan Club to reduce energy consumption. The pump absorbs heat from around the building and passes it over tubes containing refrigerant fluids to produce heat. 
  • The City Council has teamed up with LSI Consultants for its electricity and gas usage to go green wherever possible. 
  • Battery-powered grounds machines such as hedge cutters, leaf blowers and chainsaws have been purchased. 
  • Lighting has been upgraded in the City Council-owned public toilets with LED lights as part of the council’s commitment to reduce energy consumption in their own facilities. 

And some of the initiatives that the City Council has coming up include:

  • More battery-powered machines will be purchased including a push lawnmower.
  • A new fully electric van will be purchased as the City Council continues to phase out its use of diesel vehicles. 
  • Preliminary ecological appraisals at the Folly, Chiselbury Grove and Harnham slope woodlands so that effective management plans of the area can be introduced.
  • Implementation of the council’s Environmental Policy Action Plan (https://bit.ly/3r3WIjk), which will look to enable the city to be carbon neutral by 2030.

A City Council spokesman said, “Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the council has worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint, and officers have come up with some great initiatives. But we know there is much more to be done to make Salisbury as carbon neutral as possible by 2030, and we’re working on it. We also encourage everyone to think about what they can do to help the environment in their everyday lives.”

Cllr Annie Riddle, Independent member of the council’s joint administration, added, “Making our city greener for our residents and visitors is the top priority of this administration.

“We are currently revising our environmental policy and considering our next steps. We are also looking at ways to involve the public in discussions about their environmental priorities and how we can respond to them, bearing in mind budget constraints. Please, if you have ideas you think we could take on board, talk to your ward councillor.”

The City Council encourages the public to think about the environmental impact resulting from their activities and what they can do to reduce it.

For further information on how the City Council hope to achieve this, please visit the Climate Change area of the website: www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/responsibilities/climate-change-responsibilities