West Sussex Climate Action

Find out more about COP26 and actions being taken to address climate change in West Sussex.


The UK hosted COP26, the world’s biggest conference on climate change.

The event in Glasgow from Sunday 31 Oct to Friday 12 Nov 2021 brought world leaders together to tackle climate change.

The UK is aiming to secure a global plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as from cars and factories, to zero by 2050. 

COP stands for Conference of the Parties. This year’s conference will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it's called COP26.

County Council Climate Action

In April 2019, the County Council passed a motion pledging to try to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Net zero means finding a balance between the greenhouse gases that an individual or organisation puts into the atmosphere, and those that are ‘taken out’.

Achieving net zero is necessary if we are to tackle climate change and protect people, the planet, and our natural world.

We have published a Carbon Management Plan setting out how we plan to meet our net zero target.

In July 2020 we approved a Climate Change Strategy. The strategy provides a framework to shape and influence every part of our business.

You can read our Climate Change Strategy and Carbon Management Plan by visiting our Climate Change in West Sussex page.


Discover how we're turning the climate crisis into climate action, through local projects and initiatives:

Global challenges and county-wide transport initiatives 

As the COP26 Climate Change Conference is underway, efforts to reduce carbon emissions here in West Sussex continue.

Verges’ potential explored to tackle biodiversity crisis

A project is exploring the potential for grass verges to become important havens for wildflowers, insects and pollinators. 

Net zero plans for the county

Landmark plans to launch a local and national task force to achieve net zero have been welcomed by West Sussex County Council.

Anti-flooding schemes funding boost

Nearly £160,000 is being distributed to West Sussex communities to tackle flooding.

Low carbon fight against potholes

Innovation continues to be explored in the fight against an age-old issue: potholes.

Making a beeline between coast and downs

Wildflowers and pollinators are making a comeback in Lancing, where West Sussex County Council’s first ‘Pollinator Highway’ is underway.

Steps forward with carbon reduction

Impressive carbon-saving and cost-saving results have been achieved in a programme of 31 footway resurfacing schemes in West Sussex.

You can read more updates from across West Sussex County Council by visiting our News page. 

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