Brighton and Hove
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

September 2021

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

November 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ data.climateemergency.uk

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CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

754,033 tonnes

People in the local area

291,738

CO2 per person per year

2.6 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

1,544,174 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2020).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2018
2019
2020

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 1042 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Brighton and Hove:

Brighton Electric Cargo Bikes

Building the business case for electric cargo bikes for urban deliveries.

Brighton and Hove
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Transport

Accelerating Innovation on Big-Engine Decarbonisation

Promoting decarbonisation innovation for big-engine emissions.

Basingstoke and Deane
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Built Environment

One Brighton

Creating a sustainable commercial development using the One Planet Living framework.

Brighton and Hove
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment

Propellernet

Reducing carbon with Sam Zindel from Propellernet on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Brighton and Hove
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Leave No Trace Brighton

Campaigning to protect Brighton's beautiful beaches and green spaces from waste.

Brighton and Hove
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy

Brighton Energy Co-op

Reducing carbon emissions via big community-owned solar PV electricity systems

Brighton and Hove
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Transport

The Living Coast Rain Gardens

Greening urban infrastructure to adapt better to flood risks and improve water quality.

Brighton and Hove
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op

Enabling people in Sussex to heat and power their properties with clean, community-owned energy.

Brighton and Hove
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Finance
  • Built Environment
  • Energy