We are committed to sustainability by promoting change within the County Council as well as providing leadership across the county as a whole.
Our 4 key priorities are to:
- reduce carbon emissions
- adapt to a changing climate
- use resources efficiently and effectively
- make sustainability 'business as usual'.
Find out how we plan to achieve these targets and our progress towards meeting them in our latest report:
- Building a sustainable future: A strategy for delivering the corporate priority (PDF, 544KB)
- Sustainability report 2013/14 (PDF, 65KB)
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 which are more energy efficient
- a fleet of fuel efficient and low emission pool cars, including some electric cars.
We are required by the Government to publish an annual report to demonstrate how we are reducing the Greenhouse Gas 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:
- a 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:
- they will be less disrupted by extreme weather
- there will be little impact on budgets or service delivery
- they continue to meet the needs of our customers
- they have robust business continuity plans.
Working with partners
In 2010 the West Sussex Environment & Climate Change Board was formed. Consisting of local and national organisations, its aim is to recognise and address climate change in West Sussex. Visit the board's website to see the 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.