The Climate Emergency Declaration
On 21 March 2019, councillors at Suffolk County Council voted to declare a climate emergency.
- Declare a climate emergency
- Set up a Policy Development Panel (PDP)
Starting by September 2019, the PDP will investigate how we can cut Suffolk County Council's carbon and harmful emissions on a spend to save basis. Our ambition is to make Suffolk County Council (including all buildings, school and services) carbon neutral by 2030.
- Work with partners across the county and region
This includes working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and the public sector leaders, towards making the county of Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.
- Work with Government to:
a) deliver its 25 year Environment Plan and
b) increase the powers and resources available to local authorities in order to make the 2030 target easier to achieve.
Read the agenda and minutes from 21 March 2019.
What does our pledge mean?
Suffolk County Council aims to be a carbon neutral authority by 2030. Through practical action it aims to save money, generate income and reduce carbon emissions to net zero for its own operations and services
Why is it important to reduce carbon emissions?
Human activities emit CO₂ into the atmosphere. Along with other ‘greenhouse gases’, too much CO₂ in the atmosphere raises the global temperature.
This rise in temperature is driving changes to our climate will that will, if left unchecked, make our current way of life impossible on the planet.
What has been happening in Suffolk?
The County Council has been running many projects to tackle climate change since 2007 when Lord Gummer (then John Gummer MP), initiated the Creating the Greenest County initiative for Suffolk.
All projects under this umbrella work with local communities and businesses to help them realise the economic benefits of reducing their energy consumption, adapt to climate change and enhance their natural environment. The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership co-ordinates activity across the county, which is published in the Suffolk Climate Action Plan.
Projects for Suffolk residents
- Suffolk Energy Action
- Warm Homes Fund
- Warm Homes Healthy People
- Solar Together Suffolk
- Suffolk Recycles
Projects for businesses
A Policy Development Panel at Suffolk County Council has been set up and first met in September 2019 - this is a cross-party group which is investigating how to further the record of investing to save and reducing the Council’s own carbon emissions with the aspiration of being carbon neutral by 2030. The work of this Panel was required to pause during the recent general election period, but will recommence on 24 January.
The current environmental policy and all related policies are currently being reviewed, to investigate ways to cut Suffolk County Council’s carbon and harmful emissions. Revised plans and policies will be presented to SCC Cabinet in the first half of 2020.
Suffolk County Council is also actively working with the other local authorities in Suffolk to identify potential pathways to assist with the reduction of all emissions in Suffolk towards zero. We expect to be able to report on the progress of this work in Spring 2020 and will be seeking the public's view on potential ways forward.
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- Creating the Greenest County launched in 2007, this is an aspiration that involves the whole county in enhancing the natural and historic environment and responding to climate change
- Suffolk Climate Change Partnership set up in 2006, this consists of Suffolk’s local authorities and the Environment Agency, working together locally with a number of other organisations including Groundwork Suffolk and the University of Suffolk
- Suffolk Waste Partnership is a strategic partnership of the county, district and borough councils
- The Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership (SFRMP) will be responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of any actions required as a result of the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009
- Suffolk Coast Forum takes a partnership approach to flood and coastal erosion risk management on the coast and estuaries and closely related issues in the context of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management approach