Make Your Climate Pledge

Make Your Climate Pledge

Take action with the West Sussex Climate Pledge; limit the impact we are having on the environment and help keep our county protected for generations to come.

Climate Pledge



Make Your Climate Pledge

Our planet is changing. Climate change is having more and more of an impact and there is a growing urgency for everyone to do something about it.

But what can we do in West Sussex?

There are lots of small changes we can all make which not only helps with climate change but also could improve air quality, our health and save us money.

That’s why we’ve launched the West Sussex Climate Pledge.

The pledge focuses on key steps we can all take to limit the impact we are having on the environment and help keep our county protected for generations to come. From June, we will be raising awareness of one of the following pledge themes each month:

  • Make Low Carbon Journeys
  • Save Water
  • Pass-on-Plastic
  • Fight Against Food Waste
  • Shop Local
  • Save Energy

At the county council we’re taking steps to cut our own carbon emissions by making our buildings more energy efficient, and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels by introducing renewable energy with our solar farms.

Last year we achieved a 17 per cent reduction in our carbon emissions - a 45 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from the original baseline set in 2011/12. Over the next four years we are planning a £35m investment in low carbon energy projects alone.

You can find more information about our commitment to Sustainability.

Everyone has a part to play if we want to protect our planet.

There are over 850,000 people living in West Sussex. If we all work together we can make a huge difference

Please show your support by making your pledge and signing-up to receive regular email updates and tips from our team.

We would also love to hear what you are already doing too so get in touch on Twitter @WSClimatePledge, keep an eye out for #WSClimatePledge and join our Facebook group. 


Make the West Sussex Climate Pledge (external link)

Make Low Carbon Journeys

Make Low Carbon Journeys

Make Low Carbon Journeys

One of the ways you can make a big impact is by choosing sustainable transport.

We are working to make modes of transport such as cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing a real alternative to the car.

A great place to start is Travelwise - a national campaign that encourages people to cut down on their car journeys and chose more sustainable travel options.

Local Journeys

Why not...

  • Ditch the car for journeys that are less than a mile
  • Walk or cycle to school, the shops or to work
  • Consider using public transport if possible
  • Car share for regular journeys, e.g. to work or school
  • Reduce the need to travel for business by looking at online meetings
  • Join your local car club and save on insurance and running costs
  • Think about making your next car an electric vehicle

Air Quality

If you need to use a car then help to improve air quality by turning off the engine if you’re stationary and it’s safe to do so e.g. at a level crossing, outside a school or parked!

Save Water

Save Water

Save Water

Reducing the amount of water we use makes sense for the environment and could cut your energy bills.

Simple measures such as fitting a water efficient shower head will reduce the amount of hot water you use and could cut your annual energy bill by £45 per person.

If you’re not already on a water meter, you could save money by having one installed.

Take Action

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
  • Make sure you have a full load in your washing machine and dishwasher
  • Use a bowl for washing up
  • Boil the right amount of water needed for your cup of tea

Drought Resistant

Use a water butt and watering can instead of a hose pipe in the garden and look into drought resistant plants to avoid excessive watering over the summer months.

To find lots of useful tips to save water in the home and garden visit:

Pass on Plastic

Pass on Plastic

Pass on Plastic

The environmental impact of single-use plastic has been well documented recently. Evidence is now appearing that micro-plastic can be airborne, adding to particulate matter in the air we breathe. Whether it’s giving up plastic straws or using a reusable bag when shopping there are steps we can all take to #PassOnPlastic.

Plastic bottles now make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea. You can save money, stay hydrated and reduce how much plastic you use by refilling a reusable water bottle at one of the many Refill stations across the county.

Say No To Single Use!

  • Carry your own reusable cup
  • Take your own cutlery to work or on a day out
  • Buy your fruit and veg loose
  • Use a reusable bag for your shopping

Further information:

Fight Against Food Waste

Fight Against Food Waste

Fight Against Food Waste

Food waste makes up a staggering 40 per cent of the average rubbish bin in West Sussex.

From uneaten leftovers that we simply throw in the bin to spoiled foods we’ve left in the fridge, most food waste is actually avoidable and 70 per cent could have been eaten at some point.

It's great for the environment and saves you money!

Saving food from the bin is not only good for the environment but it can also save you money. Throwing food away costs! This is the equivalent of £20 per month per person or £70 per month for a family of four.

Plan ahead

  • Plan your meals at the start of each week
  • Make a shopping list, remembering to first check what you already have in your cupboards
  • Buy loose, where possible, as this is often cheaper and fresher, will save on single-use plastics and will also encourage you to buy only what you need
  • Learn how to cook and bake new recipes using leftovers


Did you know by keeping a container in the kitchen to collect your fruit and veg peelings for compost you could reduce your waste by up to ten per cent?

Shop Local

Shop Local

Shop Local

Choosing to shop locally as opposed to a chain and buying locally sourced products can have a positive impact on the environment.

Goods such as food which are transported long distances produce an avoidable amount of carbon emissions, so buying local produce can really contribute towards a reduction in your carbon footprint.

Using local shops can...

  • Reduce traffic on our roads
  • Improve air quality

You will also be supporting your...

  • Local economy
  • Independent businesses

Why not see if you can buy from a local shop at least once a week and check out what seasonal fruit and veg your local farm shop has to offer. Local farmers’ markets are also another great place to look

Save Energy

Save Energy

Save Energy

Reducing the amount of gas and electricity we use and using more energy generated by the sun and wind are great ways to help protect the environment for future generations.

There are simple steps we can all take to become greener and reduce our carbon emissions. These tips from the Energy Saving Trust will also put cash back in your pocket to spend on other things.

  • Switch off the lights – always turn lights out when leaving a room, regardless of how long for. Lighting costs account for around 15% of your household energy bill so any change however small will be good for the environment and your bank balance
  • Use LED lightbulbs - replace worn out light bulbs with low energy LED alternatives
  • Turn your thermostat down a notch – by reducing the temperature at home by 1°C, you could cut your annual energy bill by £75 and reduce your carbon emissions by 300kg. Remember that the temperature at home should be between 18°C and 21°C
  • Cut down on draughts - draught proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money, and the materials are cheaply available from high street DIY stores for as little as £200
  • Switch to renewable electricity – most energy suppliers now offer a green energy tariff. For example all electricity supplied through Your Energy Sussex, the council-supported energy supplier, is sourced from UK-based solar and wind energy producers. Why not get a quote today?

Energy Strategy

Through its Energy Strategy, the County Council is committed to increasing the amount of renewable energy generated and used in the county to reduce our carbon emissions.

It has developed two solar farms, installed solar panels on schools across the county and is developing new energy storage projects.

Energy saving help and advice for people in West Sussex:

Your local district or borough council can also provide advice on reducing the amount of energy you use.


Useful Information

Useful Information

Here you can find a range of useful information relating to the West Sussex Climate Pledge. This page will grow over time when new relevant information becomes available to you. 

Climate Pledge Frequently Asked Questions - our FAQ's explain the conception of the climate pledge as well as future plans that West Sussex County Council has related to climate change. 



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