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Climate change – what we are doing

Our commitment

We declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and set a target of achieving carbon neutrality from our activities as soon as possible and in any event by 2050, in line with the new target for the UK agreed by Parliament in 2019.

In June 2020, we published our Climate Emergency Action Plan.

We want to play our part in reducing the future impacts on our local environment, infrastructure and the lives of those who live and work in our County. Benefits include cleaner air, healthier lifestyles, more energy efficient homes and businesses and the opportunity for local green businesses to sell their goods and services.

For more information on what climate change is and why it matters:

What we are doing

We have already:

  • cut our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 60% since 2008 to 2009
  • set an ambitious target to cut corporate carbon emissions by half in the next 5 years.
  • published a Climate Emergency Action plan for the next two years
  • used our £1million Salix Recycling Fund to invest in improving energy efficiency, secured £670,000 of funding from government in 2021 to 2022.
  • committed to buying electricity from renewable sources
  • agreed £3million per year from 2022-25,  to fund projects to reduce our carbon emissions


We will:

  • look at cutting emissions from our transport, procurement and decision-making processes and investing in generating more renewable energy
  • help residents and businesses to identify areas for individual action and promoting support programmes such as in our page, warm home serviceSolar Together Sussex and also LoCASE (green business)
  • work with partners on the East Sussex Environment Board to identify what more we can do
  • Deliver carbon awareness training to over 100 staff
  • Install electric vehicle charge points at County Hall
  • publish a progress report every year

What you can do

Play your part in tackling climate change by calculating your own carbon footprint – WWF and see if you can take steps to reduce it:

Our reports

Every year we produce a report on the County Council’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions:

We have now released our corporate carbon highlight report for 2020 to 2021.

What are Local Authorities doing nationally?

National guidance for local authorities:

Have any questions?

The following frequently asked questions may help provide more information.

Contact us

For more information please contact Lucy Harbor, our Climate Emergency Officer:

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