Take climate action in Adur and Worthing

Why do we need to take climate action in Adur and Worthing?

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From 31st October to 12th November 2021, leaders from across the world met to focus on the global action needed to tackle the climate emergency at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties - COP26 - in Glasgow.

To find out more about the COP26 summit see:

Here in Adur and Worthing we are committed to tackling climate change and protecting our natural environment. Adur & Worthing Councils have pledged to be carbon neutral for the emissions they control by 2030 and as an area we have pledged to be net zero carbon by 2045.

  • Read our press release: Businesses, community groups and the Councils join forces to tackle climate change (1st November 2021)

This ambitious target can only be achieved through collective action between the Councils, local businesses, community organisations and residents. Watch the video below to learn about some of the great work already underway in Adur and Worthing and then find out how you can take climate action for businesses and residents.

Video: Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur DC, and Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing's Executive Member for Environment, explaining a bit about #ClimateActionAW

Working together on climate action

In consultation with more than 200 local organisations, Adur & Worthing Councils have drawn up a shared Climate & Nature Plan "Adur & Worthing Sustainability Framework (2021-2023)", covering 10 priority areas and containing 60 actions for the Councils and community.

Among the 10 key areas included in the framework are reducing carbon emissions, transitioning to cleaner energy, enhancing the use of green spaces and developing a more sustainable food system and improving resilience in Adur and Worthing to a changing climate.

The plan builds on the 18 recommendations from the Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly, which took place in 2020. Find out more about the:

Learn more

During the COP26 summit, the Sustainability team at Adur & Worthing Councils hosted a webinar for residents (on Thursday 4th November 2021) to learn about how Adur and Worthing are tackling the climate emergency. This included an update on how the recommendations from the Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly are being implemented.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here:

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What's the difference between net zero and carbon neutral?

The jargon and target dates explained ...

Net zero:

  • Describes reaching an overall balance between the emissions produced and emissions removed from the atmosphere.
  • To achieve net zero, organisations typically reduce carbon emissions by around 90% and then offset the remaining 10%, known as the 'residual emissions'.
  • That means harmful emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be stopped or - in areas where it's difficult to stop completely - balanced by other measures like planting trees that suck carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere.
  • The region-wide plan for Adur and Worthing brings together residents, landowners and public sector organisations in a bid to achieve a net zero target by 2045.

Carbon neutral:

  • Describes achieving zero carbon by balancing carbon emissions with the removal of carbon from the atmosphere through carbon offsetting, ie by utilising tree planting or other carbon sinks.

Key targets for tackling climate change:

  • Global target: to limit global heating by 1.5°C which in turn will limit the most damaging impacts of climate change.
  • UK target: The UK is aiming to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 with a further target to cut carbon emissions by 78 per cent before 2035.
  • Adur & Worthing Councils' target: Adur & Worthing Councils have pledged to be carbon neutral for the emissions it controls by 2030.
  • Area-wide target (Adur & Worthing): We've signed up to the UK 100 pledge for the area of Adur and Worthing to reach net zero carbon by 2045 - find out more on the UK100 website.

Read this blog from our Sustainability Officer Chloe to learn more about what these key targets mean:

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Find out how the Councils are taking climate action

We are totally committed to this incredibly important agenda and feel proud of the range of actions that the Councils have already delivered. So far we have:

There are lots of really exciting and innovative projects that are in the pipeline too.

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Find out how local businesses and organisations are taking climate action

More than 200 businesses and community groups from across Adur and Worthing are already taking climate action. Here are some of their stories:

If these case studies make you feel inspired:

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust's sustainability and environment team have come up with a host of ideas to reduce emissions called Care Without Carbon, which is focused on creating more sustainable healthcare, now in its sixth year and delivering great results.

Hayley Carmichael, Communications Manager for Care Without Carbon, said:

“It can be tough to get people to think about being sustainable at work when things are already busy; make getting involved fun, about what you can do rather than what you can't and keep actions doable for one person but scalable for impact to really enable people to get involved.”

Susie Vernon, Associate Director for Sustainability at the Trust, added:

“Through Care WIthout Carbon we have slashed emissions (combined across buildings and travel) by over 4,000 tonnes on a baseline year of 2010/11, or 43%, easily beating our goal of 34% reduction by 2020. In slashing carbon emissions we have saved over £10 million in ten years - the equivalent of employing more than 390 nurses. 

“We've achieved this through investing in a range of energy efficiency programmes, for example, buying 100% renewable energy and using computer software to control essential equipment like ventilation and heating making our use far more efficient. But the Trust is not willing to rest on its laurels, and has ambitious plans to take a new version of Care Without Carbon to 2025 and beyond.”

NHS case study: In slashing carbon emissions we've saved over £10m in 10 years, the equivalent of employing 390 nurses

Shoreham FC

Shoreham FC are playing a leading role in the fight with global warming and have already been recognised for their efforts having been recognised nationally after winning the 'Play It Again Sport the Social Impact, Engagement and Education Award' at the inaugural British Association for Sustainable Sport (Basis) awards, beating Premier League clubs to be named as a climate champion.

Chairman Stuart Slaney said:

“I believe that it is everyone's duty to ensure we contribute, no matter how small, to helping climate change. This is a real problem that we can't ignore. With the club's ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality and our membership of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework, we have to look at every aspect of the day to day running of the football club and take note of what impact we have on the planet.

“We have removed 95% of the old tube lighting around the ground and its buildings and replaced them with low consumption LED lighting and we are aiming to upgrade our floodlights to LED technology. This obviously comes at an initial cost but the savings of consumption and practically zero maintenance over a period of time is well worth it.”

But Shoreham FC have not stopped there and Stuart added:

“We are also looking at the areas where we can't directly affect such as fans traveling to our home matches and for people who travel to the ground via bicycle or EV and again can prove their mode of transport then the club will donate a percentage of their match-day ticket money to off-set their carbon footprint to a climate crisis solutions organisation. Currently we are planting 30 trees per month to help towards our off-setting carbon footprint programme.”

Shoreham FC: We've removed 95 percent of the old tube lights around the ground & replaced it with low consumption LEDs

Watch these videos to find out how local businesses and organisations are taking climate action

Durrington Cycle Project:

Shoreham FC:

Shoreham Port:

South Downs Leisure:

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Find out how local residents are taking climate action

Many residents of Adur and Worthing have been making small changes towards leading a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are some of their stories:

If these case studies make you feel inspired:

Ditching the car:

Angela lives in Worthing Town Centre, very close to the Town Hall where she works, so she made the decision to sell her car and instead only use a rental when absolutely necessary, therefore reducing car journeys to play her part in lowering carbon emissions.

“Having a car meant for most of the week meant it would sit stationary, not being used. Having used the Councils' pool cars, I understood how easy the process was for using the Enterprise Car Club and decided a year ago, it was easier and more economical to rent a car when I needed it than have the full time running costs.

“I've not really missed having a car, as our transport connectivity is getting better all the time in Worthing. For example, we have Donkey Bikes and the bus services.

“I'm pleased to have made this change, and for other single households, it really can work - although I can see it could be difficult for families. It does feel better knowing that I'm not contributing to further climate change, but for me, it's the monthly savings that keeps me using the car club and not defaulting to car ownership again.”

Angela: It's the monthly savings that keeps me using the car club and not defaulting to car ownership again

Sustainable shopping

Buying second hand or refurbished goods is one of a number of ways that can contribute towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and, as Justine found, it's good for the budget too.

“I've always enjoyed buying clothes and when I was younger would spend way too much money, often on things that would either just sit in my wardrobe and never be worn or get thrown out after being worn a few times.”

But since discovering eBay, she's revamped her approach to clothes shopping and knows how to get a bargain - this includes her wedding dress, which she picked up for just £4.50!

“With the cost savings I make from buying preloved clothes, I tend to buy more good quality items which last longer. Then I sell them on again when I no longer want them.

“I'm much more aware these days of how much of an impact the fashion industry has on climate change and that has definitely changed my attitude to clothes shopping.”

Justine offers these tips on how to get the most out of shopping for clothes on eBay:

  • Identify brands you know will fit you well and are good quality to avoid ending up with clothes you don’t like or want
  • Look after your clothes well so that you can sell them on again
  • Know your price limit and stick to it - it's very easy to get caught up in a bidding war
  • Buy out of season to pick up a bargain - eg stock up on summer dresses in the winter months

Justine: With savings I make from buying preloved clothes, I tend to buy good quality items which last longer

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Climate actions for businesses and organisations

No matter how small your business or what industry you're in, your commitment could make a real difference - to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs.

Reducing emissions can have several benefits for companies, including improved efficiency, tax incentives, healthier workplaces. It can also help to reduce costs, for example, by printing less, turning lights off in unused rooms and refilling ink cartridges.

Are you ready to commit to being net-zero by 2050? Read more about what it means to be net zero.

Here are some things you can do ...

Easy/quick wins:

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Support for businesses

Here are some links to organisations that can help businesses reduce their carbon emissions and achieve a net zero target:

  • Green Growth Platform: provides free support and grants of up to £10,000 to businesses in the south and east of England.
    Find out more at: Clean Growth UK website
  • Carbon Trust: can support you to achieve your net zero targets.
    Find out more at: Carbon Trust website
  • WWF: provides support to businesses with cutting carbon emissions.
    Find out more at: Emission Possible - on the WWF website
  • Greater South East Energy Hub: offers advice and information and can direct you to sources of funding for energy projects.
    Find out more at: Greater South East Energy Hub website
  • SME Climate Hub: has some useful tools and resources to help you work out your carbon emissions and plan how to reduce them.
    Find out more at: UK - SME Climate hub website

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Grants available for businesses

Community Solar Accelerator is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project, delivered by Brighton Energy Co-op which is offering match-funded grants of up to £25,000 to SMEs to reduce their CO2 emissions. Find out more at:

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Useful resources and videos for businesses

Here are some resources you may find helpful to help you to become a sustainable business:

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Climate actions for residents

There are some simple and easy things that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, adapt to climate change and make a big difference to the natural world. 

Start by using WWF's tool to measure your carbon footprint ... then take all the steps you can take to lead a more sustainable lifestyle:

In your home

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In your garden

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When travelling

Walk, cycle or use public transport where possible. Emissions from cars and air travel are bad for the planet and our health:

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What you eat

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What you buy

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Page last updated: 07 July 2023

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