During the weekend of 14th and 15th July, I made a trip to Brighton to meet with Green Councillors from across England to share ideas and experiences from local government.
One of the sessions covered the experiences of Brighton Green Councillors. The use of the One Planet Living Framework and the public consultation on the budget proposals using participatory approaches were highlighted. There has been substantial investment to promote sustainable transport and encourage cycling. This includes the new dedicated cycleways on Old Shoreham Road which supported cyclists commuting in and out of Brighton's town centre.
The development of I.T. strategies to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption was discussed with reference to the life cycle approach. Various studies have highlighted that globally, I.T. is responsible for more carbon emissions than aviation. Intiatives are developing across local councils to reduce carbon and links were provided to research to inform decision-making.
Brighton and Hove Green Party - http://www.brightonhovegreens.org/localsites/bh/city-councillors/about-city-councillors.html
How Clean is Your Cloud (Greenpeace April 2012) - http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Climate-Reports/How-Clean-is-Your-Cloud/
Green ICT: Current Research - http://www.socitm.net/downloads/download/46/green_ict_current_research_into_the_environmental_impact_of_ict