Government stats compare districts across West Sussex for CO2 emissions
Figures reveal where we are getting better with reducing CO2 emissions – and where we are worsening.
A city councillor has called for more to be done to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across West Sussex.
Chichester councillor Sarah Sharp said she is ‘disappointed’ by what she called a lack of action and that the Chichester district was contributing more to global warming than Worthing and Hastings combined.
Government statistics on carbon dioxide emissions from local authorities between 2005 and 2016 show Chichester district as having the second highest carbon dioxide emissions across West Sussex (9,750kt), second only to Horsham (9,966kt).
Arun, which is less than half the size of Chichester, came in at fifth for overall emissions (8,668kt) but had the highest domestic emissions across West Sussex every year over the 11 year period.
The domestic category includes carbon dioxide produced by domestic electricity, domestic gas and domestic ‘other fuels’.
While there is a general decline across the county in emissions, figures show that total emissions from transport is on the increase and that Chichester is the worst for it (330kt in 2016 compared to 104kt in Adur in the same year).
Councillor Sharp said: “Our government claims to be on target for the reduction of carbon emissions but this has been achieved mainly by the closing down and conversion of coal powered power stations.
“The emissions from our homes and from transport need to continue to decrease to keep global warming withing safe limits.
“To reduce CO2 emissions in our homes and in transport systems, the drivers of change must be local councils, whether county, town or parish.
“Climate change must be at the heart of our policies to ensure we hand over a safe world to our children.
“Nottingham and Cornwall county councils have declared a climate emergency.
“West Sussex has yet to follow.”
Speaking at a meeting of environmental health campaigners on Monday, Debbie Carter said: “I know friends who have suffered with severe breathing difficulties — we can’t ignore our pollution problem.
“This is why I am keen to find out more about how we could start to make Chichester a cleaner place — even if we have to start with only a few hours a month.”
When asked if she thought enough was being done to tackle climate change locally, councillor Sharp said: “I don’t think so.
“When I read what other places are doing and how they are aiming to be carbon neutral by 2028 — I don’t think this is quick enough.
“I would like to hear an announcement from our councillors about what our targets are.
“What sort of a city do we want to be?” She provided a list of recommendations to help reduce CO2 emissions:
Switch to a renewable energy supplier for all buildings/street lighting etc.
Become a dark sky town or parish and turn lights off after midnight
Plant trees – lots and lots in public spaces
Install renewable energy on all public buildings
Designate land use for renewable energy providers – wind turbines, solar arrays etc
Ensure on all new property, developers and builders include electric car charging points/renewable energy provisions
Start grant schemes and find funding to enable people in the community to retro fit their homes with better insulation
Encourage electric cars in town centres with charging points – perhaps free parking for electric cars.
Lobby for better bus transportation and linked train services
Allocate more space for pedestrians and cyclists in our city streets
To reduce CO2 emissions in our homes and transport systems, the drivers of change must be local councils, whether county, town or parish.”
CITY COUNCILLOR SARAH SHARP
City councillor Sarah Sharp
A map of West Sussex districts
Total domestic emissions