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Sustainability and climate change

Our sustainability strategy

We are committed to sustainability by promoting change within the council as well as providing leadership across the county as a whole.

Our four key priorities are to:

  • reduce carbon emissions
  • adapt to a changing climate
  • use resources efficiently and effectively
  • make sustainability 'business as usual'.


How we plan to achieve these objectives is below:


Find out how we have progressed in trying to meet our targets by reading our latest report:



Reducing our carbon footprint

In 2011, the council's annual carbon footprint was calculated to be 323,000 tonnes. We have committed to reduce the size of our footprint by 50% by 2025.

Some examples of the measures we have taken to reduce our carbon footprint have included:

  • New IT equipment for staff which has allowed for increased remote working which has reduced travel and saved money.

  • Council owned buildings are more energy efficient.

  • A fleet of fuel efficient and low emission pool cars, including some electric cars.

We are required by government to publish an annual report to demonstrate how we are reducing the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from our own estate and operations.



Increasing our resilience to severe weather

The Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) was produced in 2009. It summarises the impact on the county from severe weather between 1998-2008.  


In West Sussex the impacts of a changing climate could result in:

  • 3° increase in summer temperatures
  • 25% less rain in summer
  • a rise in sea levels
  • an increase in flooding.


This means that we are working to adapt our services to make them more resilient so that:

  • the services they provide will be less disrupted by extreme weather
  • there will be little impact on budgets or service delivery
  • we will continue to meet the needs of our customers
  • they have robust business continuity plans.


Working with partners

In 2010 West Sussex Environment & Climate Change Board was formed and is made up of a local and national organisations with the aim of recognising and addressing climate change in West Sussex.

Visit the website where you can find latest news, forthcoming events, resources and ways to get involved.  

In 2012 we signed a commitment as part of Climate Local. This nationwide initiative is designed to support and inspire council action on climate change.

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