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Environment and Climate Change Task Force

The Environment and Climate Change Task Force has been set up to look at the climate challenge being faced in the districts, and to explore ways the councils can work towards their ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The task force works to a programme of themed meetings and is made up of councillors, officers, partners and subject specialists.

Information about the task force and upcoming meetings can be found below.

Supporting motions

Terms of reference

Read the terms of reference

Work to date


Theme: Renewables & Low Carbon Energy

Guest speakers: 

  • Paul Bourgeious, Greater South East Energy Hub & Industrial Lead, Faculty of Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Peter Gudde, Greater South East Energy Hub


  • Terms of reference
  • Scene setting
  • Suffolk Climate Change Committee update 
  • Current pipeline projects
  • Guest speaker presentations - Renewables and Low Carbon Energy, Local Energy East Strategy, Developing a new-zero carbon pathway for major investment projects

Read the October minutes



Theme: Biodiversity

Guest speakers: Simone Bullion, Conservation Manager from Suffolk Wildlife Trust


  • Scene setting
  • Suffolk Climate Change Committee update 
  • Guest speaker presentation - An introduction to biodiversity and the challenge/opportunities
  • Presentation - Biodiversity in the Joint Local Plan

Read the November minutes



Theme: Planning and housing


  • Suffolk Climate Change Committee update 
  • Presentation - the Housing picture
  • Presentation - Local Plan and Planning Policy
  • Presentation - Future Homes Standard

Read the December minutes



Theme: Waste, transport and travel

Guest speakers: 

  • Rob Cole, Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager
  • Simon McCulloch, Dennis Eagle UK


  • Suffolk Climate Change Committee update 
  • Guest presentation - Resource & Waste Strategy and Food-Savvy by Suffolk Waste Partnership
  • Guest presentation - Electric / Alternative Fuel Refuse Trucks by Dennis Eagle UK
  • Presentation - Digital Opportunities that Limit the Need for Travel
  • Travel Plans: Deciding Internal Policy Around Travel Discussion
  • Presentation - Carbon Footprint and Groundworks High Level Data

Read the February minutes



Theme: Draft proposal document review

Topics: To discuss the draft proposal document set to go to cabinets in July 2020.



We have now approved our first Carbon Reduction Management Plan.