Councillors welcome 15% reduction in carbon emissions

The work to reduce the council's carbon emissions and the town's overall carbon footprint has made 'excellent progress', with the latest data showing reductions across a number of key areas.

Analysis has shown a 15% reduction in the council's carbon emissions and a 14.5% reduction in the borough's carbon footprint since 2018.

The research has also highlighted that people travelling to Airbourne account for 96% of the event's carbon footprint, while aircraft contribute just 3.7%. 

Councillor Colin Swansborough, Cabinet Member of Climate Change, said: "We know that there is still much to do to achieve carbon neutrality, however, this data gives cause for optimism and confirms we are doing many of things needed to hit the 2030 target.

"The figures for Airbourne are interesting and do confirm what many of us have thought, that improving public transport links into the town is key to reducing emissions, not just for this event but for all visits to the town.

"I'm also delighted that Cabinet has agreed to develop an Airbourne Environmental Policy to further reduce emissions and to continue to work towards the goal of sustainable tourism in Eastbourne."

The council is working with a range of partners on the climate change and carbon reduction agenda, including Eastbourne ECO-Action Network, Sussex Local Nature Partnership, South Downs National Park and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, as well as neighbouring authorities and community groups. 

One of many examples is Treebourne.  Treebourne’s mission is to double Eastbourne’s tree cover by 2030 and is working with the council and independently, to find sites where they can plant trees. So far Treebourne has planted 17,257 trees, each one helping maximise the capture of CO2 emissions.

Councillor Swansborough added: “The challenges posed by climate change are huge and partnerships are key to how successful we will be in addressing it. 

“Projects we have underway with our partners include the decarbonisation of social housing, the retrofitting and decarbonisation of private sector housing, the installation of PV solar panels and the introduction of 18 electric vehicle chargepoints for local residents.”

December 15, 2022