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Carbon Reduction Action Plan

A carbon-neutral organisation

The Council has agreed two targets for carbon reduction:

  • An aspirational target for direct emissions - that is, emissions as a result of the fuel used in fleet vehicles and to power and heat the Council buildings - to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
  • Indirect emissions - that is, emissions outside Council control such as from buildings that it leases and from the goods and services that procures - to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

These targets were approved at Cabinet on September 24 2020.

Read the Short Term Action Plan

Target Setting and Action Planning Report

The Carbon Reduction Target Setting and Action Plan Report is a report commissioned by Horsham District Council to support us in our carbon reduction planning. It has been prepared by consultancy Anthesis.

The Anthesis report aims to:

  • Identify key emission sources to target action and assess what emissions to include in the target
  • Assess the implications of different target setting methods and make an informed and evidence-based decision on the most suitable target for the Council
  • Identify key actions necessary to reach the agreed target and use the cost-benefit analysis to inform implementation

Chapter outline

  • Chapter 1 provides the context and drivers for action
  • Chapter 2 reviews our 2018/19 footprint and the associated accounting principles
  • Chapter 3 explores different methods for setting a carbon reduction target and the implications for each approach
  • Chapter 4 centres on action planning
  • Chapter 5 provides recommended actions, in line with the agreed target, and includes an estimation of cost and carbon savings

Read the full Anthesis report

Our carbon footprint

The council has worked with a consultant to calculate its carbon footprint for 2018/19. The total emitted was approximately 18,000 tonnes from the council’s activities; such as energy used in our buildings and from transport.

The carbon baseline has been used to set a target for reducing our emissions and to inform our action plan.