Last year Wiltshire Wildlife Trust recruited a Sustainability Officer to review the Trust’s current carbon emissions footprint and support the organisation to make sure the Trust is carbon-neutral by 2030. 

After sifting through invoices for the 2019-20 financial year relating to our use of electricity, fuel and mileage, water and the waste produced by the Trust, the data was input into a sophisticated calculator to give our carbon emissions profile.  WWT now have a baseline figure to inform and guide the work it began over a decade ago - to drive down our own carbon emissions and those of communities and organisations throughout Wiltshire. 

A newly formed ‘Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Group’, made up of staff from across the Trust, has been set up to continue work on this wide-ranging theme.  The Trust is also waiting to find out if its been successful with recent funding applications to develop the project further. 

The Sustainability Project is also an opportunity to showcase the importance of soil health and carbon capture and sequestration in conservation, land management and farming practices.  A national project is underway to assess the carbon captured by the Trust’s conservation and land management work

Our Sustainability Project also plans to expand on the community engagement the Waste Education Team previously carried out, retaining an element of waste and recycling, including our successful Waste Free February challenge, it will also cover broader themes.

If you have an idea or project and would like us to be involved, please get in touch. Plans for the future include supporting both active green groups and other organisations across Wiltshire to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and working with the newly formed Wiltshire Climate Alliance.  We have facilitated fantastic community projects to reduce carbon in the past, such as the Westbury Community Fridge established in 2019. 

Our work with local communities to reduce their carbon footprint and help them to live and work sustainably is already well established. Our ‘Climate Friendly Communities’ Community Award Scheme, previously funded by DEFRA between 2006 and 2009, established excellent relationships with active environmental groups and community activists. We also administered a ‘World Changers’ database, which registered active organisations and individuals fighting climate change and helped to facilitate knowledge and good-practice exchange between them. 

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