Declaration of a climate emergency

In July 2019 Chichester District Council declared a Climate Emergency. The opportunity to avoid dangerous levels of global heating is closing and action is required swiftly at all levels from the international to the individual. In making its declaration the council is making clear it commitment to taking urgent action and asking others - residents, business, partner organisations, and national government to help and support us.

We have drawn up a Climate Emergency Detailed Action Plan which covers how CDC is going to reduce its own emissions and how we can work together within the district to reduce emissions in the area as a whole. We have consulted residents, businesses, and other organisations on this plan. The plan was approved by the Council on 19 January 2021.

The action plan, and our response to feedback is available to view:

There is also a supporting technical Information document available to view:

Climate change matters. Global heating isn't simply everywhere getting warmer; it will bring serious problems and some benefits. Our planet's climate is a complex system of land, sea, ice, wind and rain. The Earth is warming at a faster rate than ever before, throwing this system out of balance.

In the south east of England we expect climate change to lead to hotter drier summers, warmer wetter winters, higher sea levels and an increase in extreme events, such as heat-waves, droughts and flooding. The effects of climate change will be wide and far reaching. There is likely to be water shortages at times and an increased risk of flooding from urban drainage overload, rivers and streams, and in coastal areas. Trees, plants and wildlife will also suffer from the effects of climate change, as their habitats change and weather patterns affect seasonal activities and food sources.

What is the district council doing about climate change?

The priority areas for action are:

  • Implementing a funding scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the District.
  • Updating our planning policies, as part of the Local Plan review, to reduce carbon emissions from new developments
  • Minimise our carbon emission as an organisation
  • Increase tree planting across the district
  • Encourage walking and cycling to replace car journeys
  • Helping people to generate their own energy renewably
What can I do to prevent climate change?

A good place to start is to calculate your own carbon footprint, to see what impact your home, appliances and travel are having and to see how this compares to the national averages, see  Carbon Footprint Calculator  for a simple to use calculator

Here are some actions you could take:

  • Save energy in your home by turning off appliances when not in use, replacing light bulbs with low energy ones, turn your room thermostat down by 1°C, insulate or draught proof your home. See the Energy Efficiency web page for more information about any of these actions and energy efficiency grants.  
  • Buy locally produced seasonal food and goods. Please visit;
  • Cycle or walk short journeys. Many organisations offer tax breaks on the purchase of a new bicycle. Check with your employer to see if you are entitled to a discount. Please visit  Sustrans website to find our more.
  • Recycle and compost more of your waste. For information about waste and recycling visit our waste and recycling pages.
  • To join the Green Bin Composting service which operates in most of the District visit the Garden waste page.

Consider generating your own renewable energy from your home.

What can my community do to combat climate change?

Sometimes it feels like the actions we, as individuals, take are small compared to the scale of the problem. This is not necessarily the case; if we join with others we can demonstrate what a difference we can make. Joining an existing environmental group, or starting one up, can be a great way to meet new people, get to know your neighbour and have fun along the way!

There are a number of grant schemes aimed at helping communities installing renewable technologies into community buildings. As new grant schemes are available from time to time, we also recommend you complete a grant search using the West Sussex County Council Funding search facility  . Please also see our Chichester District Council grant programme.

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