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News - 22 April 2013

One Planet City

Brighton & Hove has becomes the world’s first designated One Planet City after its Sustainability Action Plan received accreditation from BioRegional.

The Action Plan sets out how the city can meet all the international targets under BioRegional’s recognised ‘One Planet Living’ principles, identifying achievable goals for the city to meet a more sustainable target – using just one planet’s worth of resources rather than the current 3 and a half.

BioRegional is working in partnership with One Planet communities across the world, as well as with businesses like B&Q and the Kingfisher Group. BioRegional’s Chief Executive, Sue Riddlestone OBE, will meet members of the city’s Sustainability Partnership on the Bristol Estate where they will see how the council is putting words into action with an insulation programme for council housing to cut energy costs and carbon emissions.

Councillor Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said, “It's a huge achievement for Brighton & Hove to be accredited as the world's first One Planet City. If everyone on the planet used the same amount of resources as we do in Brighton & Hove, we’d need three and a half Earths to keep going. It’s just not sustainable for us or anyone else on the planet to go on at this rate. It’s a challenging time for the public sector, but we’re not going it alone. BioRegional and our partners in the city are working with us to shape a ‘One Planet City’. Together we can boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal and healthy city.”

The Sustainability Action Plan is a practical three year plan that has been put together by the council, BioRegional, the city’s partnerships and other leading organisations in the city. It outlines both short term actions and longer term ambitions for the council and the city to improve local quality of life, reduce impacts on the environment, save money and make Brighton & Hove more resilient.

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