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.

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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

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