The leaders of Adur & Worthing today pledge to put the environment at the top of their political agenda as they officially launch a programme called Sustainable AW.
The ambitious programme will see the Councils join with businesses, community organisations and local residents to tackle some of the biggest environmental issues of our time – from air pollution and clean energy to water efficiency, waste recycling and biodiversity.
In a joint statement, the leaders of Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Neil Parkin and Cllr Dan Humphreys, said:
“This is an important time for Adur & Worthing as we tackle head-on some of the key environmental issues that will affect us all over the coming years. The Councils themselves will be making in-house changes, and we hope that residents and local business and partners will work with us on other ambitious plans we have to put Adur & Worthing at the forefront of environmental sustainability.”
The programme in both Adur and Worthing builds on commitments already made in the Councils’ Platforms for our Places, a three-year plan to increase prosperity and wellbeing across the local region. It is hoped it will also meet local and national sustainability targets.
It commits to a range of measures including:
- Increasing recycling to 50 per cent of total waste collected by 2020.
- Backing moves to see the Councils become single-use plastics free.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in 2021, and by 100% in 2050.
- Backing measures to help residents save on energy and water bills and reduce consumption.
- Providing assistance for any employees working in Adur & Worthing to save money on public transport
It will also involve targeting six key areas in Adur & Worthing: transport, energy, waste, water, carbon emissions (from gas, electricity and oil use), and biodiversity.
Transport projects include: improving the cycling and walking infrastructure, providing more electric vehicle charging points and encouraging more sustainable travel by council and other staff in Adur & Worthing.
Energy projects include: providing free energy efficiency measures for residents on low incomes, helping them save money on their energy bills, increasing the councils’ solar energy use and investigating the benefits of an innovative smart grid for civic buildings.
Waste projects include: increasing recycling to 50% by 2020, taking the recycling message to local schools and pledging to become a Plastic Free Council.
Water projects include improving Worthing’s Bathing Water Quality to ‘excellent’ by 2020 and helping residents save money on their water bills whilst reducing their water consumption.
Carbon reduction projects include: Producing a carbon reduction plan and making the ambitious pledge to move away from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Biodiversity projects include: Improving biodiversity in Brooklands Park, protecting and increasing biodiversity in Highdown Gardens, and improving biodiversity in all Adur and Worthing parks.