We've almost halved our carbon emissions since 2009 which is a good start but we all need to work together to do more.
The council accounts for just 2% of carbon emissions in the city. It’s up to everyone to imagine the future and make their voices heard.
We need you, our residents, businesses and visitors, to support us in the climate challenge we're facing.
What the council is doing
The council is looking at how its services impact climate and taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes:
- building low energy council homes
- installing sustainable drainage and creating wildlife habitat
- rewilding a golf course
- planting meadows in Valley Gardens
- a carbon reduction programme for council buildings, including schools
- reducing transport emissions
- putting climate-friendly measures into planning, design, procurement and business practices
- helping residents to recycle, re-use and reduce waste
Our pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 will be at the heart of the councils’ work throughout 2021.
Protecting our precious groundwater
We’re working with South Downs National Park, Southern Water and the Environment Agency to protect the precious water beneath our feet.
The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) aims to tackle the threat from pollution, a growing population and modern lifestyles to ensure our groundwater remains a sustainable resource for the future.
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.
Our plan for the circular economy was agreed by the Policy & Resources Committee in December 2020 (agenda item 100).
What the city is doing
We’ve become the country’s most sustainable city for food.
As a region we’ve pledged to be at the centre of partnership efforts to make real change.
The city has just successfully hosted its first Climate Assembly and the first Youth Climate Assembly. The assemblies’ recommendations will help the council create a plan to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.
The wind farm offshore Brighton & Hove creates enough green electricity to power 350,000 homes.
The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is developing a programme to reduce the carbon footprint of healthcare.
The Waste House
The Brighton Waste House is the first permanent ‘carbon negative’ public building in Europe to be constructed from around 85% waste. Despite the unusual materials, the Waste House has full planning and building regulations approvals.
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.