Adur & Worthing Councils sign up to clean energy pledge
Released: Thursday, 24 January 2019
The leaders of Adur & Worthing Councils have signed the UK100 Cities Pledge which commits the towns to move towards 100% clean energy by 2050.
Councillor Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, and Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, signed the pledge at Worthing Town Hall, joining the two towns to a unique network of cities and towns with ambitious plans to promote health and well-being, as well as economic growth, through locally implemented clean energy policies.
UK100 is the only network for UK cities and towns focused solely on climate and clean energy policy.
The Councils will involve the public and local businesses and organisations in the implementation of new policies, and will also collaborate with other UK100 Cities councils as they learn from each other and also work to influence national policy.
Cllr Neil Parkin, said:
“We are very proud to be part of this unique network which, working together, and for residents, will develop and implement ambitious environmental policies which will continue to make Adur a place we are proud to live in.
Cllr Humphreys, said:
“By putting our heads together as cities and towns across the country, we can work together more effectively and efficiently to improve air quality, provide clean and affordable energy and promote the co-benefits of economic growth and health and well-being.”
Polly Billington, of UK100, said:
“UK100 welcomes the leaders of Adur and Worthing to our network of 92 leaders who share their ambition, to accelerate the shift to 100% clean energy across their communities. They will be able to use all the functions of the local authority to tackle climate change, from planning to waste collection.”
“I look forward to Adur and Worthing connecting with other similarly ambitious authorities across the country. Clean, renewable smart energy can generate income, save money, create jobs and make our communities healthier, so leaders do it not just for the planet but for the people they serve. Adur and Worthing's leaders have taken an important step forward to ensuring their communities lead the way to a better future.”
Adur & Worthing Councils have already introduced a range of measures as part of their drive towards clean energy and energy efficiency. These include:
- Solar panels on Portland House, with more to be installed this year at the Shoreham Centre and Commerce Way Waste & Parks Depot
- Electric vehicle charging points installed in four car parks; the first rapid charger is to be installed by April
- A Travel Action Plan to increase sustainable transport use by the Councils for business travel and commuting
The Councils also launched last week their SustainableAW programme, with plans to introduce a whole range of environmentally-led projects across transport, energy, waste, water, carbon reduction and biodiversity.
Photo: Cllr Neil Parkin (Adur DC), Polly Billington of UK100 and Cllr Dan Humphreys (Worthing BC) signing up to the UK100 Cities Pledge
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