Suffolk businesses celebrated for reducing carbon emissions

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An event held at one of Suffolk’s most sustainable business centres, celebrated the carbon reduction efforts of over 400 Suffolk and Norfolk businesses.

Suffolk businesses celebrated reducing carbon emissionsSince their launch in 2010, Suffolk Carbon Charter awards have been presented to hundreds of businesses who show commitment to reducing their carbon emissions, as part of Suffolk’s ambitions for Creating the Greenest County.

Lord Deben, founder of Suffolk’s Creating the Greenest County partnership in 2007, was a guest speaker at the event held at Freckenham-based property developers, Woolley.

Chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change, member of the House of Lords and former Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal stressed:

“Our understanding of climate change brings a responsibility to act. The report of the Committee on Climate Change has shown that net zero carbon is achievable and affordable. Now that we have that knowledge, the task is to act on it. National plans and international agreements are important, but that action will largely happen locally, in businesses and communities like this one.”

Many projects have been developed under the Creating the Greenest County banner since 2007. The partnership continues to work with local communities and businesses to help realise the environmental and economic benefits of reducing energy consumption, adapting to climate change and enhancing the natural environment.

Professor Nic Bury, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Suffolk, was also a guest speaker at the event, and said:

“This event recognises the excellent work businesses in Suffolk are making in reducing their carbon footprint to Create the Greenest County. These organisations are inspirational and show what can be achieved. We face numerous environmental issues, widespread environmental pollution and biodiversity loss.

"We need to recognise how important the natural environment is to our wellbeing and place nature at the forefront of our thinking, whether as individuals or businesses. When we accept this, innovative solutions to some of the most difficult environmental issues will evolve.”

Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said:

“When influential and respected figures such as Lord Deben and Professor Bury recognise the dedication shown by many in Suffolk for caring for its environment, it makes me confident that we are on the right path.

“We are indeed making great strides in Suffolk, but I’m focused on how we can do more and do it better.”

Guests saw displays of a hydrogen vehicle, electric cars, electric motorbikes and promotion of Plug In Suffolk, the UK’s first open fast charging network for electric vehicles. Guests were also given a tour of the venue, home to Woolley, a property management company that thrives on creating sustainable developments and holders of a Gold Suffolk Carbon Charter award themselves.

The event was sponsored by Business Energy Efficiency Anglia, which provides energy efficiency grants to eligible businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk. BEE Anglia is co-financed by the European Union with £4,161,880 through the European Regional Development Fund.

To find out more about how your business can benefit from the Suffolk Carbon Charter, Business Energy Efficiency Anglia and other projects to support your environmental ambitions, visit www.greensuffolk.org