Council marks next step in its ambition to become a net zero district

2023027 - 04/12/2023

Mid Sussex District Council is pushing ahead with ambitious plans to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint and become a net zero district by 2050.  


Marking Carbon Literacy Action Day which takes place on Monday 4 December, the Council has announced a major new training scheme with the aim to become an accredited Carbon Literate Organisation. 


On 4 December, staff will be taking part in Carbon Literary Training alongside several other Councils to mark the world’s largest climate education and action training event.  


The training has been designed specifically for local authorities with the aim to provide staff with the tools to consider how to integrate climate considerations into their day-to-day work priorities.  


Councillor Ian Gibson, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy and Housing, said: “We are working hard to meet and exceed our aims as a Council to reduce our carbon footprint and become a net zero district. We have already converted 60% of our operational fleet to electric vehicles and installed solar panels on our main campus to supply us with renewable energy.  


“Becoming an accredited Carbon Literate Organisation will be a huge milestone and will ensure that across all our departments we’re prioritising and considering projects, ways of working, and developments in a sustainable way. I encourage our community to take this opportunity to look at how they can reduce their own carbon footprint to support our wider aims.” 


Individuals who receive the training are required to submit a group and individual action or -pledge, which will contribute to tackling climate change. By making these commitments they will be accredited as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Project as a symbol of their commitment towards the goal of reducing their carbon footprint.  


The work is being rolled out in association with several local authorities across West Sussex, all with the shared aim of reaching net zero by 2050.  


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