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Network Update- February


Climate Emergency Design Guide

London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) outline the requirements of new buildings to operate at net zero carbon in order to meet the climate change targets. They have identified five key elements for commercial offices that are laid out in the design guide.
Learn the details here.




Climate Citizens Assembly

Over four weekends, a group of chosen citizens will discuss a range of climate change issues with experts. They will decide on a set of recommendations how the government can reach its target of net-zero emissions by 2050. The results from the assembly will be made public in April and a debate in the House of Commons will follow. Read the article here.




Member Spotlight –

OLIO, the food sharing app 

OLIO tackles food waste by connecting neighbours to share food on the OLIO app. They also collect and redistribute food from food retailers and offices. Find out how your business can become Zero Food Waste and go to the OLIO website.



Call for Exhibitors  

An opportunity for businesses to exhibit, reach out and contribute to the development of the workforce of the future. The Big Futures Show is an employability, skills and job seekers event organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in association with Eastbourne Borough Council taking place in April in Eastbourne. Find out more.




Business Start Up Hot House Programme

The Business Start Up Hot House Programme helps new or small businesses develop their ideas and grow.  They offer intensive support and access to the latest business knowledge and practical tools. Go to website.




East Sussex Energy Saving Grants

Is your business based in East Sussex and you have an energy saving project in mind? Then get in touch!
East Sussex County Council is funding small energy efficiency projects to help businesses reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more.



Ways to generate your own Energy

The Energy Saving Trust recommends a range of low-carbon energy generation systems to install in your home or business which can help you cut costs and make you more resilient against rising energy prices. Government subsidies like the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are available. More on how to apply and to calculate your possible savings here.





How often do you take the Bike?  

Increased focus on pedestrianisation of city centres is one of the major arguments to combat climate change. Creating car free zones in the urban centre is a step in the right direction to reach the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, as promised by the Brighton and Hove City Council in January 2019. Read more.



Sussex Marine Rewilding Project

Sussex is taking the lead with a new law helping to reduce carbon emissions by saving kelp forests from being destroyed through fishing activities. The seaweed removes up to 20 times more carbon than land forests per acre. Read full article.
Click here to find out more about the potential of seaweed as a carbon sink.





In short…

Decarbonise the construction industry Read more
Is reuse of existing materials going to be the future?

Sainsbury’s pledge to go ‘net zero’ by 2040 Read more
Are supermarkets starting to move with the times?

Warmer Susex Home Retrofit – Read more
A service to retrofit homes to become low-carbon.


Dates for the diary…

Business Networking Lunch 
12th Feb 2020, 12:00-14:30, Chichester Park Hotel, Chichester, Details and bookings.
The Networking Lunch will be focusing on a new approach to procurement.

Business Start Up Surgery Business Drop In Event Horsham
14th Feb 2020, 9:00-16:30, Preston Park House, Brighton, Details and booking.
Plus Accounting is offering business support for start ups.


Business Drop In Event Horsham
18th Feb 2020, 11:00-15:00, Parkside, Horsham, Details and booking.
A business support drop in event organised by Horsham District Council.



Lewes Climate Action Forum

We’ve joined up with 3VA in Eastbourne to help start a new forum for action on climate change in the Lewes District Area. Check out for more details

Utilise Plus Case Study: Park Cameras

Based in Burgess Hill, Park Cameras sells photography equipment, as well as offering printing services and photography courses. In early 2019, Park Cameras received a Utilise Plus grant from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC to install energy-saving LED lights. This followed a fully-funded Utilise Plus energy audit they received in late 2018. Funded by the […]


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