Think globally, act locally
Just 2.5% of the city’s emissions come from the council, so we can only become carbon neutral by 2030 if everyone plays their part to reduce emissions.
We have a limited window of opportunity if we are to meet our carbon neutral target, but everyone can play their part to help address the climate crisis.
For some tips and support on how to do it, environmental website Enviropledge is encouraging Brighton & Hove residents to start making simple lifestyle choices to reduce their carbon footprint.
With 25 simple pledges, it’s easy to get involved.
Little steps can make a big difference
We'd love to have more happy pledgers in Brighton & Hove. So why not make a pledge today and start making a difference?
Are you an eco-hero?
Help tackle the big polluters
Transport, heating and electricity make up the bulk of our carbon emissions.
You may already be switching lights off when you leave the room and turning your heating down a notch but have you thought about moving to a renewable energy provider?
You can save energy in your home whether you live in a council property, rent privately or own your own home.
You can now apply for a government Green Homes Grant to help install insulation and low carbon energy. You could save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
Homeowners and landlords could get up to £5,000 to help pay for energy-saving measures. People on low incomes could get a grant of up to 100% of the cost of works up to £10,000.
Find more energy saving tips.
If you regularly drive, could you leave the car at home for some journeys or for part of the week? Brighton & Hove has popular low-emission bus services across the whole city.
Have you considered changing to an electric vehicle?
Brighton & Hove has railway stations at Brighton, Preston Park, London Road, Moulsecoomb, Hove and Portslade and rail connections from all over the country.
You may already cycle to work, but for those not so confident, we offer cycle training.
Find out more about sustainable transport around the city.
Read about how you can help improve air quality.
We want to hear from you
Take part in the conversation on our ‘Let’s talk climate change’ online space.
Email email@example.com to tell us how you and your local community are acting on climate change.
We also want to hear your ideas on any other actions we could take to help Brighton & Hove become a carbon neutral city by 2030.
Become a volunteer
Explore volunteer groups around the city on the Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum website.
Other tips to reduce your impact
- there are ways to save energy in your home whether you live in a council property, rent privately or own your own home
- use a local renewable energy provider, like BHEsco
- find out more about sustainable transport around the city
- read about how you can help improve air quality
Wildlife and green spaces
- learn how to plant trees properly, to give them a long life
- volunteer with the Living Coast or environmental community groups across the city
- take a course or go to a talk on how to look after the planet through permaculture
- Southern Water offer free visits where an engineer fits water-saving devices in your home at no cost
- read Southern Water's tips to save water in your home and, if you have one, in your garden
- grow your own food in your garden, patio, roof or balcony
- get your food from local sources, like farmers' markets
- buy food that's in season, it's cheaper and usually local
- commit to gardening peat free
- visit the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website for more information
Follow the principles of zero waste:
- refuse - say no to disposable cutlery and other single use items
- reduce - donate your unwanted belongings to charity shops and other non-profit organisations
- reuse - use a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and cutlery. Save things like gift bags, glass jars and elastic bands and use them again instead of buying new
- repair - learn basic sewing skills to fix holes in clothes or find local repair workshops to get help fixing a broken appliance
- repurpose - use worn out t-shirts as cloths, newspaper or magazines as wrapping paper, or egg boxes for growing kitchen herbs
- recycle - learn about what we can recycle in Brighton & Hove, you can also pay for an alternative kerbside collection from local organisations
- rot - find a range of composting solutions for your kitchen, garden and in nearby community green spaces
Check out Love Your Clothes, where you can find information about how to reduce your environmental impact when it comes to the choices you make about what you wear.
For inspiration and reusable items, visit your nearest zero waste shop.