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Lewes district climate change and sustainability

Through our Climate Emergency Declaration we are committed to progressing towards our 2030 carbon reduction targets, and to improving our environment in partnership with our communities.

Cover image for Lewes District Council's Climate and Nature Strategy

Climate and Nature Strategy July 2024

The Climate and Nature Strategy 2024 is a refresh of the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy 2021 developed after the declaration of a climate emergency in 2019 which committed the council to be net zero by 2030.

The refreshed strategy contains the key objectives, targets and milestones that the council, its partners and the community will strive to achieve along the journey to become a low carbon district. We aim to become a district that plans for the impacts of climate change, and benefits from restored natural habitats and green spaces. The council will seek to provide leadership and acts as an enabler to support neighbourhood, district and regional climate and nature action. 

LDC Climate and Nature Strategy July 2024 (PDF) [1MB]

Introduction and latest news

Find out about our strategy to address the causes and impacts of climate change in order to meet the Climate Emergency Declaration made in 2019, and read the latest news.

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Energy and the built environment

Reducing emissions from buildings and construction - Including more renewable energy production in the district, reducing emissions from council assets, and increased access to help, advice, funding, and practical sustainability measures for all residents.

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Sustainable travel and air quality

Increased access to sustainable travel options and electric charging infrastructure. Ensuring the council's fleet has zero emission and air pollution across the district is reduced so that public health is improved.

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We are progressing towards our goals for all developments to maximise the opportunities for well-considered gains in biodiversity. Read information on wildflowers, conservation, natural flood management and more.

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Sustainable food systems

Working in partnership with others to educate and enable residents to access affordable, local and seasonal food through supporting opportunities for local production and distribution. Read about the district and Sussex wide food strategy and how the council is promoting more sustainable farming methods.

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Waste and litter

The council is on track to a zero carbon waste fleet by 2030. We have also minimised the waste generated by residents, businesses and visitors and are increasing the proportion of waste collected by the council that is recycled.

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We work in partnership with others to reduce water consumption, conserve and protect our water resources. We manage our protected waterways and coastal areas, benefiting residents and the natural environment, making sure our communities are resilient against flooding and coastal erosion.

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Circular economy and community wealth

The council has a sustainable procurement policy that facilitates local supply chains and encourages a circular economy. We are making use of our land and assets to enable sustainable community wealth and are investing in local urban, coastal and rural economies.

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Climate and Nature Strategy and Action Plan

Read about our partners, and download the strategy, pathway, roadmap and other documents relating to our climate change and sustainability strategy.

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Right Here, Right Now COP26 films

On Friday 12 November 2021 we held a film screening as part of the Depot Cinema's two week Climate Action Festival. Read the film listings and links.

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