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SustainableAW: Carbon Reduction 
Reducing carbon emissions

Carbon Reduction - C02 cloud (100 yellow)

Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to stewarding, protecting and improving the environment. Working with the local community and collaborating with partners, we are taking action.

As part of SustainableAW these are some of our key Carbon Reduction activities and actions this year as part of our long term vision:

Carbon Reduction - Cloud (65 yellow)Action: Climate Emergency declared

On 9th July 2019, Adur & Worthing Councils declared a Climate Emergency.

Under the Climate Emergency Declaration, the Councils committed to work towards being a carbon neutral council by 2030, to produce a Carbon Reduction Plan to set out how this would be achieved by January 2020, to work with partners to achieve this goal, and to lobby government for powers to achieve this.

Since the Declaration was made, the councils have produced and adopted a Carbon Neutral Plan. This identifies a pathway to work towards becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030. A working group has been set up within the council to implement the plan, with finance and resources allocated to help deliver it.

See the adopted Carbon Neutral Plan:

See the Joint Strategic Committee report where the draft Plan was approved:

See the Joint Strategic Committee Report where the council made the Climate declaration:

See also press release:

  • Climate Emergency Declared By Adur & Worthing Councils

Annual updates will be published on the council's website on progress against the carbon neutral target.

When the councils made the Climate Declaration, a commitment had already been made through SustainableAW to work across Adur & Worthing to achieve area-wide carbon reduction, achieving 100% clean energy by 2050. See other information on on this page below:

Carbon Reduction - Plant plug (65 yellow)Action: Pledge 100% Clean Energy by 2050 with UK 100 Cities

Adur & Worthing Councils will:

  • Pledge to 100% clean energy by 2050, endeavouring to ensure our communities have warm homes; secure, affordable energy; breathe clean air; drink clean water; and live in a town of which they can proud
  • Join UK100, the national network of local authorities committed to shifting to clean energy in their areas

Partners include:

Carbon Reduction - Arrow pointing down (65 yellow)Action: Take action to reduce carbon

Adur & Worthing Councils will:

  • Develop and implement a Carbon Reduction Action Plan towards the 2050 clean energy target

In 2019 the councils will be developing a carbon reduction plan looking at the carbon emissions resulting from the councils' activities and service delivery. A plan will be developed to reduce emissions year by year through shifts to greater energy efficiency and more sustainable forms of energy for buildings; and shifting to cleaner transport fuels and greater use of sustainable forms of transport

If you would like to understand your own carbon footprint, you can calculate your emissions using a free online tools. Here are a few example tools:

Carbon Reduction - Cloud (65 yellow)Action: Pledge 2020 Emissions Reduction with Government

Adur & Worthing Councils will:

  • Sign up to the Government's voluntary Emissions Reduction Pledge 2020, to report on annual energy use and emissions 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Adur & Worthing Council's have made a pledge to report annually to government on carbon emissions associated with all council activity. The first report will be submitted in October 2019. There is no current mandatory requirement for local authorities to report their carbon emissions to government, but Adur & Worthing Councils have responded to the government's request that local authorities volunteer to undertake reporting.

In the Clean Growth Strategy the government introduced a voluntary target for the wider public and higher education sectors in England. This target aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across these sectors by 30% by 2020 to 2021, compared to a 2009 to 2010 baseline. The Pledge enables organisations to ensure that carbon reporting and energy saving become routine activities.

Find out more about:

Partners include:

  • Team Energy
  • BEIS

See also:

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