The City Council is continuing to seek, introduce and carry out innovative ways to minimise the environmental impact of its operations.
Here are some examples of the initiatives introduced so far:
• An electric/hybrid van has been purchased which can be spotted on our city’s roads which will help to reduce emissions in our city. 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 their 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.
Here are some of the initiatives that the City Council have coming up:
• More battery powered machines will be purchased including a push lawn mower.
• A new fully electric van will be purchased as the City Council continues to phase out their 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 our Environmental Policy Action Plan (https://bit.ly/3r3WIjk), which will look to enable the city to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Salisbury City Council declared a climate emergency in June 2019 and are working to reduce their carbon footprint and make the city as carbon neutral as possible by 2030. For further information on how the City Council hope to achieve this, please visit the Climate Change area of the website: https://www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/responsibilities/climate-change-responsibilities
The City Council encourages the public to think about the environmental impact resulting from their activities and what they can do to reduce it.