One of my key pledges when I became leader of the council was to make our city carbon neutral by 2030.
Ten years might seem a long way off, but that’s not long to tackle the climate emergency.
It’s a huge task, but global climate chaos is a ticking time bomb that must be diffused.
We must therefore act fast. And we already are.
We as a city are already bringing down emissions in some of the most polluted streets in our city and rolling out new buses that can operate sustainably in our low-emission zone around the city centre.
One of the biggest pollutants we face in the city is emissions from petrol and diesel cars. If we’re serious about saving our planet, we need to start thinking about how we change that.
A revolution is already under way. There are now almost 500 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in the city as more and more people trade in their petrol or diesel vehicles.
To ensure EV drivers are supported in their decision, we’re installing more than 200 new electric vehicle charging points across the city over the next few months, plus four rapid taxi charger hubs.
We are one of the first councils in the country to start taking action on making our city truly electric-friendly.
The more demand we have from EV drivers, the more charging points we’ll look to install. It’s a huge step to helping reduce the city’s pollution problem.
Of course, what we desperately need is government investment in the industry to make electric vehicles cheaper.
We want people to move away from diesel and petrol cars but we appreciate many electrics just aren’t affordable yet.
I will be working with local authorities across the region to lobby the government to provide the support necessary for electric cars to be a realistic option for all of us, alongside other alternatives like public transport, cycling and walking.
Even without enough government investment, locally we are working cross-party to put in place measures that can ensure we meet our ambitious target to decarbonise our city over the next decade.
This is not going to be easy, everyone is going to need to do their bit, and 200 charging points is of course only a starting point.
But we are moving in the right direction and we are leading the way as a city to ensure we provide a sustainable future for the generations to come.
Councillor Nancy Platts is the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council.