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Climate change

What is climate change and what causes it?

Over the years, scientists have developed an understanding of the earth’s climate system. We now know that global warming is the result of greenhouse gas emissions, caused by human activity.

There is more information about the impacts of climate change on the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) website.

The CCC advises the government on emissions targets. They report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

How is Suffolk tackling climate change?

The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership (SCCP) consists of:

  • Suffolk County Council
  • West Suffolk
  • East Suffolk
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council
  • the Environment Agency

They work with other local organisations such as Groundwork Suffolk and the University of Suffolk.

The partners have a shared interest in supporting Suffolk’s communities, businesses and residents to reduce carbon emissions. 

In 2019, the SCCP's local authority members declared a ‘climate emergency’. They are committed to work together and aim to make Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.

How are we engaging with the challenge at Babergh and Mid Suffolk?

In 2019, we set up an Environment and Climate Change Task Force to look at the climate challenge the districts face.

Following engagement with environmental experts, the task force presented their recommendations to cabinets in July 2020.

The proposals were unanimously approved, forming the two councils' first Carbon Reduction Management Plan. Read the full plan

A task force subcommittee is now looking at biodiversity in the districts. Recommendations from this committee are due to be presented to cabinet in Winter 2020.

We continue to ensure any initiatives will have a positive environmental impact. Our decisions remain open to appropriate debate and public scrutiny. This is to ensure steps we take are effective and efficient for our taxpayers and communities.

Find out more about our Environment and climate change task force

What schemes are already in place to tackle climate related issues?

We've already taken steps to tackle this global issue at a local level. They include:

Green Homes Grant

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home.

Find out if you're eligible and apply for the Green Homes Grant

Warm Homes Fund

National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions launched a £150m Warm Homes Fund to support local authorities in helping fuel poor households.

Suffolk's councils were awarded funding for the next 3 years to install first-time central heating systems in fuel poor households.

Read more about the Warm Homes Fund in Suffolk

Fuel poverty

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes, by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to some households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are in fuel poverty.

Suffolk’s councils have jointly published criteria in a Statement of Intent, that enables them to identify households that would benefit. Improvements are often fully funded when the household meets certain criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty.

Read more about ECO in Suffolk

Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia

The BEE Anglia programme provides free support to eligible organisations in Suffolk and Norfolk to help them become more energy efficient.

Visit BEE Anglia's website

Suffolk Carbon Charter

The Suffolk Carbon Charter is an award that recognises carbon reduction measures taken by Suffolk's small and medium businesses. 

How businesses can apply and become accredited

Recycling

Visit the Suffolk Recycles website to find out about reducing, reusing and recycling in Suffolk.

All kerbside waste that can't be recycled goes to Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility. It powers 30,000 homes.

Improved refuse collections

In 2019 the Councils rerouted their waste collection rounds. This was to ensure that our collection service is efficient and sustainable. 

Our collections rounds are more fuel efficient, which reduces our impact on the environment.

Visit our Waste section

Tree for Life

To promote the community benefits of planting trees, the Councils offer families a tree to mark the arrival of every new child.

Read more about our Tree for Life scheme

Paperless billing on bills

We offer residents and businesses the ability to go paperless with their Council Tax and Business Rates bills. 

Greenways Countryside Project

Greenways Countryside Project volunteers help to protect and enhance our countryside. They work from an area of about 100 square kilometres in and around Ipswich.

Read more about the Greenways Countryside Project

How can I help?

Making simple changes to the food you eat and the way you travel can reduce your carbon footprint.

How can I share my ideas or get support for my community to tackle the climate change challenge?

We are keen to hear your ideas, suggestions and offers of help.

Please email our climate change team