Climate Action Strategy

Horsham District Council cannot tackle climate change on its own. We have been working with key organisations such as West Sussex County Council to produce a Draft Climate Action Strategy to help us to guide the District towards becoming carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2050.  We will be working closely with residents, key organisations, as well as businesses, parishes and local community groups, to help achieve this.

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View the Draft Climate Action Strategy

View the full 93 page document

Please note that the delivery considerations that are included in the detailed Strategy are suggestions from the consultants on approaches that could be used to implement the actions. They are not approaches that the Council or its partners have to take.

Existing actions

While you can see some of the actions below that we have already taken to reduce carbon, using our strategy to engage with key stakeholders will be vital to make a significant change to carbon emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions data for the District

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) estimates the greenhouse gas emissions for each Local Authority every year, but they are published with a 2-year delay, so the latest emissions data we have is 2019-2020.
  • Total emissions have steady dropped since 2005, mostly due to decarbonisation of the electricity grid by switching from coal to gas, off-shore wind and solar PV.
  • The total carbon emissions for the District in 2019-20 were 585 ktCO2 .
    For context; one tonne of carbon dioxide equals the average emission of one passenger flying from Gatwick to Chicago, or driving 6000km with a diesel car - or some 40 return trips by car from Horsham to London.
  • The largest source of these emissions is transport (40%). The vast majority of this is road transport using petrol and diesel.
  • The second largest source is from the electricity and gas used to power and heat homes (37%).

Stay up to date

1. Sign up for our Climate Action Newsletter

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2. Look out for our Climate Action Blog

Check out our Climate Action blog posts on our website for regular updates, information and advice.