Carbon emitted by West Sussex County Council

We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the County Council and this is set out in the Energy Strategy. We aim to continually reduce the tonnes of carbon used within the council.
The target includes looking at reductions in street lighting and signs; energy used to heat, light and power our corporate buildings as well as mileage from staff business travel (including pool vehicles and staff-owned cars).
We aim to reduce our carbon by 50% by 2022 (from a 2010-11 baseline), reducing carbon to 16,000 tonnes per year.

December 2019 performance

Work is continuing to identify energy savings projects. and several LED replacement projects were delivered in this quarter. The council is also developing a carbon management plan which will set out how we will meet the new commitment to net carbon zero made by full Council early this year.

During 2018-19 our corporate energy increased by 3.7% and the energy we use to power street lights reduced by 2.3%.
Since 2018, the data resets to zero, and is tracked quarterly, hence the drop in the graphline at the start of each financial year.


We continue to explore measures we can take to make savings. These include:-
  • Work is ongoing to identify additional energy efficiency opportunities across the corporate estate. A proposal to switch our street lights to LED is moving through the decision process at the moment. If approved, this will have a significant positive impact on the carbon emissions of the Council.
  • Another lighting upgrade at Drayton Depot is programmed to take place.
Previous actions include:-
  • Low energy lighting upgrade at Littlehampton Library. We predict an annual financial savings of  £1,767 and an annual carbon saving of 3.4 tonnes.
  • LED upgrade at Horsham Library has been delivered.
  • Installation of better building management systems, improved insulation and upgraded lighting both in our own buildings but also in street lights across the County.
  • We have invested in renewable energy, and have solar installations on a number of our buildings including Worthing Library, Horsham Library and Northleigh, Chichester.
  • We have also achieved some carbon savings by reducing the number of buildings we own and operate. 
  • Additional funding was secured for some fire station solar projects.
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