A climate change emergency has been declared by Adur & Worthing Councils, which …

A climate change emergency has been declared by Adur & Worthing Councils, which aims to see the authorities become carbon neutral by 2030.

In their 2018 report UN experts warned we have just 12 years to act to limit catastrophic runaway climate change which will expose millions to flooding, heatwaves, poverty, drought, food shortages, biodiversity loss and the collapse of economies.

Adur & Worthing Councils have already made good progress on reducing carbon emissions by 30% between 2012 and 2019.

Now, the Councils have upped their game, bringing forward their carbon neutral target from 2050 to 2030.

The Councils’ are now embarking on a programme of work to transition to clean transport for all council services and operations, improve energy efficiency of council buildings, and install renewable energy.

Adur & Worthing Councils becoming carbon neutral would virtually eliminate carbon emissions from council energy use and transport. It will involve improvements in energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy on council buildings and land, while moving towards using more electric vehicles.

LED lighting upgrades have so far saved 98 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, while solar panels have saved 32 tonnes.

The drive for greater change is already underway, the go ahead has been given to purchase two, new, ultra low emission, electric waste and street cleansing vehicles as party of a rolling programme which will see the electrification of the fleet over the coming years. These will be the first vehicles within the Councils’ fleet to become electric; providing air quality benefits, and financial and carbon emissions savings.

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