We've almost halved our carbon emissions since 2009 which is a good start but we all need to work together to do more.
We're trying to lead on this and do all we can to reduce our direct emissions. We want to give you the information you need to help make changes that will benefit our local environment and the planet as a whole.
We need you, our residents, businesses and visitors, to support us in the climate challenge we're facing.
We're working with council services, local businesses, organisations and industry experts to make policies, guidance to help keep materials in use for as long as possible. This will be done by re-using, recycling, remanufacturing and sharing resources.
This is known as the ‘circular economy.’ We aim to make this model central to the way we use our buildings, supplies and skills to deliver public services.
We're developing a 10 year plan to deliver our pledge to become Carbon Neutral by 2030 and to support our climate emergency declaration. We’re making it a priority to reduce carbon emissions as far as we possibly can.
Despite our actions, there may be some emissions that we are unable to get rid of. For this there will be a need for some carbon offsetting, for us and others in the city.
Carbon offsetting is when organisations or individuals invest or participate in schemes that reduce the equivalent amount of carbon emissions that have been created in other areas.
We're exploring options to develop a fair approach to carbon offsetting. We want to channel towards projects that have maximum benefits for our local communities and environment.
This will form part of our 10 year carbon reduction plan. It'll include options for organisations and individuals to invest in as part of their offsetting efforts.
In the meantime, if you have suggestions of local initiatives and projects we could recommend, send an email to email@example.com to let us know.
We're already working on a wide range of projects. We are:
- installing solar panels on council buildings, including schools
- encouraging cycling with training and an extended bike share scheme
- installing electric vehicle charging points
- building living walls into key housing projects
- supporting local schools to embed sustainability into school life
- providing community compost bins across the city
- reducing the risk of flooding in innovative ways, like rain gardens
- supporting outdoor events to be sustainable by using alternatives to single-use plastics and diesel generators
The Waste House
The Brighton Waste House is the first permanent ‘carbon negative’ public building in Europe to be constructed from around 90% waste. Despite the unusual materials, the Waste House has full planning and building regulations approvals.
Cat Fletcher, founder of FREEGLE UK, suggested this project should draw attention to the huge environmental consequences of throwing away everyday consumable domestic objects. So, the Waste House uses waste, like old duvets and toothbrushes, as insulation.
These ideas are central to our goal to achieve a circular economy. This will help keep materials in use for as long as possible by reusing, recycling, remanufacturing and sharing resources.