Trowbridge Town Council has made a firm commitment to place climate emergency at the heart of everything it does and every decision it makes.

As a public body, our aim is to achieve carbon neutral status at the earliest opportunity by analysing council functions and taking a staged approach to phasing out or offsetting carbon emitting practices.

By working with individuals and community organisations such as Trowbridge Eco and Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce via our Environmental Working Group, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve, assessing our own progress and assisting those environmental and business partner organisations where we can, to help them achieve their environmental goals also.

Amongst other environmental issues, Trowbridge Town Council has so far:

  • Declared an environmental emergency
  • Declared an ecological emergency, (brought forward by Trowbridge Eco)
  • Created an environmental working group
  • Switched to 100% renewable electricity
  • Phased out the use of pesticides
  • Started to introduce more ecologically-sound planting practices
  • Built a new storage unit that will be ready to house electric vehicles
  • Committed to a carbon audit and subsequent periodic reviews
  • Placed environmental consideration as a pivotal checkpoint during decision making
  • Committed to working with other parishes.

This is just the start: our environmental drive will continue to push the council forward, as we strive to be one of the first councils in the country to achieve carbon neutral status.

Our environmental working group is open to anyone and we encourage members of the public to get involved. The group meets online roughly once a month. To get involved, please email chris.hoar@trowbridge.gov.uk who will be happy to add you to the list of participants.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 21st January 2021 at 7.00pm via Zoom.