Who We Are

The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership (SCCP) consists of Suffolk’s Local Authorities and the Environment Agency, working with other organisations locally including Groundwork East and the University of Suffolk. We have a shared interest in supporting Suffolk’s communities, businesses and residents to reduce carbon emissions, realise the economic benefits of reducing energy consumption and adapt to the future impacts of climate change.

Our Vision is that Suffolk wants to be an exemplar in tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing its natural environment and to be the county with the greatest reduction in carbon emissions”.

In 2019 our Local Authority members each declared a ‘climate emergency’. As part of this, we are working together with partners across the county and region towards the aspiration of making the county of Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.

Read our Plan here.

This Plan has been agreed by Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders and will support our commitment to a green economic recovery in Suffolk as well as addressing the urgent need to deal with the climate emergency.

Alongside the Plan, we have drawn up a detailed Table of Actions which will be implemented in support of it.

View our Table of Actions here

Suffolk LA’s climate change web pages:

Factsheets for Suffolk Councillors

We have produced a set of short Factsheets aimed at Councillors in Suffolk, covering a range of information to help brief businesses and residents in their local areas. Latest versions of these can be accessed by clicking the links below:

SCCP Review

Read the latest summary of our project activity here: SCCP Review 2021.

Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan

All councils in Suffolk have acknowledged the climate emergency, with commitments that include both reducing carbon emissions for their own estates and operations and, the focus of this item, working with partners across the county and region (including the LEP, Health, Police and the Public Sector Leaders) towards the aspiration of making the county of Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.

Suffolk’s Local Authorities have been working together on county-wide climate change project work since 2007 through the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership (SCCP). In Autumn 2019 a successful Transformation Challenge Award was made to the SCCP to support further delivery towards these joint commitments.

In particular, we wished to:

a. Undertake analysis of existing data to provide a clear, evidence-based baseline for Suffolk partners on the current picture, including clarity on data and any current gaps.

b. Identify areas of current and potential influence by Council policy and collaboration with partners to understand the extent to which we can reduce emissions identified by the analysis.

c. Feasibility test options so that the focus is on actions that can deliver meaningful emissions reductions.

d. Promote a specific public event (conference) and associated consultation activity to engage stakeholders and the wider community. Given that climate change is influenced by a global range of activity, it will be important to engage widely.

e. Co-design and launch a delivery plan (including associated communication activity) that builds on the evidence base, feasibility options and community engagement.

f. Provide project management to initiate delivery of the action plan.

Progress to date: Phase 1 and 2 complete

Ricardo Energy & Environment (REE) were selected and commissioned to undertake an authoritative, independent study covering parts a) to c) above. REE are part of Ricardo, a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy, and scarce resources sectors. This work has now concluded and the report is available here.

The report is an independently produced, technical background study which has been produced to support stakeholder engagement in advance of the creation of a Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan. It should be noted that opportunities for action by partners in support of the aspiration for climate neutrality across Suffolk by 2030 do not imply delivery commitment at this stage.

Phase 2: Stakeholder engagement and Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan launch

Over the last year we have engaged with stakeholders to help develop the content of the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan. In Autumn 2020 we worked with Ricardo Energy & Environment to host a series of themed workshops to explore six focus areas in depth. The workshops can be viewed here:

This slide pack summarises the priority actions for delivering carbon neutrality by 2030 that were discussed in the six workshops: Priority Actions. This does not represent the totality of actions that will be needed to deliver carbon neutrality in Suffolk – action will also be needed in other sectors such as waste and agriculture.

A Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan has now been agreed by Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders.

This Plan can be viewed here.

Alongside the Plan, we have drawn up a detailed Table of Actions which will be implemented in support of it.

View our Table of Actions here

Read Ricardo’s detailed Technical Report, produced in support of these documents HERE

Fit for the Future

SCCP are proud to be members of Fit for the Future, a thriving sustainability network of more than 80 organisations from the not-for-profit sector and beyond. As a collective with similar challenges, Fit for the Future members are collaborating and innovating to find practical solution to the impacts of climate-change. Becoming sustainable means that we can save time, money and resources for the things that really matter to us, and lower the impact we have on the environment. To find out more visit the Fit for the Future website.

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