Brighton & Hove is the first One Planet City. It is using a stretching and ambitious sustainability action plan based on the ten One Planet Living principles. The aim: to maintain this top seaside resort as a thriving and attractive city while spreading opportunities to all of its citizens and living and working within a fair share of the earth’s resources.
Sustainability on sea
Brighton & Hove’s Sustainability Action Plan received independent accreditation from Bioregional in April 2013, marking its debut as the first One Planet City. As well as greening the city council’s own operations, it aims to enable 280,000 seaside citizens to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources.
Working with Bioregional and other partners in the city, the overall goal is to boost the local economy, make Brighton & Hove more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal and healthy city while protecting the environment and our one planet.
The plan sets out how Brighton & Hove can meet all the targets under Bioregional’s ten One Planet Living principles, identifying achievable goals that are compatible with living within the natural resources our one planet can provide. For each principle, it sets objectives for both the council and the entire city. Councillor Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council says: “It’s a huge achievement for Brighton & Hove to be accredited as the world’s first One Planet City.”
This detailed but practical three year plan sets out baselines (“where we are now”), high level objectives (“where we want to get to”) and short, medium and long term actions (“what we are going to do”) to improve local quality of life, reduce impacts on the environment, save money and make Brighton & Hove more resilient. For example, the plan embraces more local, renewable energy sources and insulation programmes which save energy and make homes cheaper to heat. Read this 71 page plan.
The council also regularly publishes case studies detailing work going on around the city under the plan and the ten One Planet Living principles. In December 2014 Bioregional published an 18 month review of Brighton & Hove’s progress against the timetable and targets set out in the plan. Please see the Annual Review section in the sidebar to view both the summary and full reports.
Bioregional has been working in Brighton & Hove for more than a decade. Projects include the landmark One Brighton development of 178 homes, the first One Planet Community in the UK.
In 2014/15 we supported an exciting photography project in Brighton & Hove based on the ten principles of One Planet Living and the city’s One Planet status. It included a photography competition for local people – you can see the winning images here.
About the partner
Brighton & Hove City Council, overseen by 54 locally elected councillors, has a total budget of nearly £800 million, employs 9,400 staff and provides a wide range of essential services to about 280,000 residents, 12,650 local businesses and some 8.5 million annual visitors.