Issue 25 September 2022


Low Carbon Business in West Sussex

A new Low Carbon Business video series highlighting the importance of businesses transitioning to ‘net zero and beyond’ is now available. Local Mid Sussex company, The Adelphi Group, feature in one of the case studies.

Adelphi is an award-winning manufacturer of packaging machinery and equipment. Its eco-friendly production facility in Haywards Heath includes solar panels, an evaporative cooling system, air source heat pump and rainwater harvesting facilities. The film explains how the Group’s inclusive and sustainability-focussed culture has recently led to another new eco initiative – an innovative idea from the production floor to replace plastic foam packaging with a plant-based, biodegradable alternative.

The entire series showcases a selection of West Sussex Micro, Small and Medium-Sized businesses, across various sectors, who are leading the way on lowering carbon. Through practical advice and inspiring insights from the businesses, the aim is to encourage and enable other local businesses to begin their own ‘green’ journey.

The series consists of 12 episodes in total; a four-part thematic mini-series and individual business case studies. Themes include why businesses should take climate action, how and where to start, carbon calculation, and the wide business benefits of addressing climate change.

Watch now:

The Low Carbon Business in West Sussex video series, has been produced by Low Carbon Leaders and Neil Pringle Productions, jointly commissioned by the West Sussex County and District & Borough Councils, in support of a sustainable and prosperous local economy.


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West Sussex County Council has submitted a reserved matters planning application to create an ‘all-through’ primary and secondary school as part of the Burgess Hill Brookleigh development (formerly known as the Northern Arc).

The school will be fully inclusive and include a Special Support Centre to support children with special educational needs and disabilities attending the new school.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust has been appointed to run the new all-through school. West Sussex County Council is creating the secondary school element and the primary school element, which will be designed and built later, is being created by Homes England.

The design of the new secondary school building aims to achieve Passivhaus certification, which sets the standard for low-carbon emissions, use of sustainable energy, and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The building will be highly energy efficient and generate its own energy on-site using nearly 1000 solar photovoltaic panels, ensuring no use of fossil fuels in the running of the building.

The scheme has been designed to protect, conserve and enhance the rich biodiversity found on the site, and you can view the proposed design of the school at

To view the Planning Application, please visit the MSDC Planning Portal using the reference DM/18/5114.