Climate action continues across the council

In December 2022, Brighton & Hove was commended for city-wide action to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP scores over 1,000 cities around the world from A to D-, to guide them on their journey to net zero.  

The report noted that Brighton & Hove has demonstrated best practice standards for climate adaptation – adjusting to the current and future effects of climate change – and climate mitigation – reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. 

Over the past 3 months, we have been continuing efforts to reduce emissions, protect nature, and progress towards our goal of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030.  

What we’ve done 

A healthier city for all 

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, leader of the council, said: “The urgency has not disappeared to take all steps to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies since we launched our Carbon Neutral 2030 programme. That work continues in earnest with a huge range of actions.   

“David Attenborough’s Wild Isles programme this week has reminded us of the precious nature in Sussex. In recent months, the planting of 14,000 trees across our countryside, historic investment in street tree planting and boosting biodiversity along some of the city’s verges has given nature breathing space in Brighton & Hove.   

“Air quality improvements, the re-launch of the BTN BikeShare scheme and plans to expand the city’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure will ensure a healthier city for all to enjoy.  

“We have secured funding to make it easier and safer to choose walking and cycling for local journeys, while our Bus Service Improvement Plan means free bus journeys for accompanied under 19s.  

“We are taking the next steps in a ‘Mini- Holland’ feasibility scheme which will assess how Wish and Westbourne neighbourhoods can be made as pedestrian- and cycle-friendly as possible. 

“However, we still have our work cut out and must continue to work together with residents and organisations across the city to slow down and prevent the devastating effects of the climate crisis.” 

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