Greater Brighton leaders sign ten climate change pledges including Sussex kelp forest

Political, business and education leaders from Brighton and the neighbouring areas have signed pledges aimed at tackling climate change and developing green growth.

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 10:45 am

The Greater Brighton Economic Board, which includes the councils of Worthing, Adur, Arun, Mid-Sussex, Crawley and Lewes as well as Brighton and Hove, unanimously agreed to support the GB10 – a range of pledges underpinning energy and water projects which will help the environment.

Alongside local councils, the board includes the universities of Sussex and Brighton, as well as further education providers and local businesses.

Worthing Borough Council leader Dan Humphreys is chairman of the board. He said: “As a city region we have a very powerful collective voice and an ability to coordinate our work to make maximum impact.

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“In a post-Covid world economic recovery will depend on our ability to deliver clean growth projects which also tackle the ever-pressing climate change crisis. By making these pledges we have committed ourselves to initiating, backing, or supporting a genuinely innovative programme of works that will ensure Greater Brighton is at the forefront of sustainable development.”

The 10 pledges are:

Kelp: backing a scheme to introduce a carbon capturing kelp forest off the Sussex coast.

Water Recycling: partnering projects to introduce recycled water into new homes.

Zero Emission Fleets: committing to phasing out diesel cars, refuse trucks and vans

EV Charging Points: supporting a huge increase in electric vehicle charging points.

Rewilding: supporting an increase in natural landscapes and rain garden projects

Home Visits: supporting Southern Water’s 50,000 water and energy efficiency home visits

Low Carbon Heating: rolling out schemes to replace oil home heating with electric and other low carbon fuels

Public Buildings: reducing energy use by 50 per cent by 2030

Innovation: establishing an Innovation Forum to share latest research and best practice

Lobby; using Greater Brighton’s powerful voice to lobby government for investment

To find out more about the pledges, watch the video above or visit https://greaterbrighton.com/GB10/