Tackling the climate emergency in 2021

We’re continuing to work towards becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030.

We know that we have a lot of work to do towards this goal but here are some of the highlights from 2021 so far that we are also sharing with the #FridaysForFuture campaign.

Climate Assembly report launch

We kicked off 2021 by publishing the recommendations from the Climate Assembly.

Members of the city’s first Climate Assembly, which was made up of residents from all over the city, launched a series of recommendations on transport to steer the city towards its ambitious carbon neutral goal.

The recommendations of the Climate Assembly will be considered by the city council as part of planned work on transport and climate change including the Local Transport Plan 5, the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and the 2030 Carbon Neutral Plan.

Progress in making homes more sustainable

A suite of improvements to the city’s council homes and plans for many more are outlined in reports on sustainability measures for new and existing homes.

In line with our aim for Brighton & Hove to be carbon neutral by 2030, we know that we have a big part to play in making our council homes more energy efficient.

Among achievements to date is the delivery of an extensive programme fitting solar panels across Housing Revenue Account properties. More than 400 solar PV systems have been installed, leading to a vast reduction in carbon emissions from homes.

Have your say on transport changes in the city

People in Brighton & Hove are being given the chance to have their say on transport changes in the city, designed to support active, inclusive and sustainable travel.

A six-week consultation started at the beginning of February on new measures, as well as some of the changes we made last spring/summer to help people travel safely during the pandemic. 

The consultation feedback will be reported to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee where decisions will be made on how the schemes will progress.

School streets next steps

Work is beginning this month to build on our School Streets project at three city primaries.

New semi-permanent measures are being installed on roads near the entrances to Downs Junior, Brunswick and St Luke’s primary schools in preparation for the full return of children to the classroom, potentially in March.

The School Streets project aims to improve road safety and air quality outside the city’s schools, as well as enabling physical distancing and promoting sustainable, active travel for school journeys.

City Downland Estate Plan

Your views will help shape the future of the city’s downland and protect future biodiversity.

Hundreds of residents and representatives from groups and organisations have already taken part in online discussion groups and through the consultation portal.

If you want to get involved with the development of the City Downland Estate Plan, there is still time so check out the different ways you can.

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