Salisbury is now a carbon neutral city, reliant for all its energy needs on renewable energy including solar and hydro. Our abundant local resources – roof-space, and the ‘five rivers of Salisbury’ – are fully deployed generating clean, green, low-cost energy. Local landmarks such as the fire station and the Cathedral have played a flagship role in this transformation. The city’s beauty, wildlife and the environment are strongly protected.
There is solar PV on almost every roof – design and technology advances have made solar installations invisible to the naked eye. All new housing is zero carbon, and retro-fitted energy efficiency measures are common on existing housing stock. Every vehicle is electric, and charging points are all over the place. City streets are clean, congestion-free, and friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. Digital technology for transport information has improved out of all recognition, and an integrated transport strategy benefits all.
Public opinion has shifted away from routine dependence on fossil fuels and considers renewable energy the norm. Young people in Salisbury have plentiful opportunities to study and work in the local sustainable energy sector. Salisbury’s economy is vibrant with many new renewable energy enterprises flourishing, and sustainable tourism.
Salisbury’s flood risk has been mitigated by natural flood control, new communication networks, and efficient flood diversion schemes. SCE has helped to set up flood resilience resources including city-centre equipment, and information, insurance and grants for local groups.
Salisbury is consistently listed as one of the UK’s best places to live with a green and healthy environment. It is recognised, among a number of places, as a centre of excellence and expertise on renewable energy, flood risk mitigation and flood resilience.