New plan for Brighton economy to focus on creating more jobs for sustainability
Green Party councillors are pushing for a new Economic Strategy to realise Brighton’s potential for green industries to create hundreds of jobs.
Proposals for the new strategy arose in a meeting with the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee last week, who discussed new initiatives within renewable energy.
The plans focus on a design encompassing four main themes: a ‘Growing City’, an ‘Open City’, a ‘Talented City’ and a ‘Fair City’.
Tom Druitt, a spokesperson for the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, said: “Brighton and Hove has the capacity to become a world leader in green technology and to develop the skills and jobs needed for the future.”
The plan is set to combat the future challenges posed by climate change, and proposed a fifth theme of a ‘Sustainable City’ to protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of Brighton and Hove residents.
Mr Druitt also said investment in renewable energy infrastructure has the capacity to create a more accessible society through an emphasis on public services and minimise the cost of poor health through a renewed focus on green spaces and air quality.
Rampion Offshore Windfarm just off Brighton, commissioned in April this year, will be able to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 350,000 UK homes, almost half the homes in Sussex.
Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group, said: “Greens are asking that the focus on sustainability is emphasised in the current strategy, and we are pleased to see that the Labour group agreed to our call for a fifth pillar on sustainability to become a central part of the economic plan.”
Brighton and Hove City Council has existing renewable incentives in place meaning if you generate your own energy, your supplier may pay you money.
Cncllr Mac Cafferty also said a United Nations report uncovered that opportunities in renewable energy, building efficiency and other low-carbon industries could create almost 24 million extra jobs by 2030.