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“Because we have been working on environmental issues for some time I was surprised at how much useful practical information was new to me which I can now apply within my organization.”
Sheila Daly, University of Portsmouth
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.
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.