Suffolk’s public sector leaders are committed to supporting delivery of the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan. In support of the ‘Cleaner Power’ theme and as part of Suffolk County Council’s delivery role within the Eastern New Energy project, we commissioned Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to conduct a LEAR and to help achieve environmental goals of making the county of Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030. LEAR is a local energy system modelling tool developed by ESC that pulls together information on energy demand, generation, storage and distribution assets, social factors like fuel poverty and characteristics like building design types and local geography, using data analysis and aspects of machine learning. It enables planners and innovators to strategically decide how they might deploy and grow low carbon businesses.

This LEAR has been created by collating and processing data from a variety of sources and using in house modelling techniques. It gives an understanding of the buildings in the local area; their annual and peak energy demands and the energy networks that serve them. It also provides some information on the levels of employment and deprivation in the area. It is not expected that the information contained in this document exactly matches the items it reports on but, rather, provides a reasonable representation of them.

The LEAR can be downloaded and viewed here.  The maps and images may be low quality, we recommend opening this document in a Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser. To access a higher quality version of the report, please email creatinggreenestcounty@suffolk.gov.uk. The report will also be available on the Suffolk Observatory website from March 2022.

The Eastern New Energy (ENE) project is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded multi-partner collaboration with the aim to understand and remove barriers that prevent rapid decarbonisation, and to identify effective interventions to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. The partnership is working with local authorities, industries, SMEs, and communities to explore decarbonisation options and to help develop innovative interventions.

The LEAR study area is focussed on Suffolk to develop insights for the Eastern region which are applicable across the UK. The ENE project is engaging with over 400 organisations in the East of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas of Hertfordshire, New Anglia, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough.

We provide free bespoke support to businesses and organisations to optimise their low-carbon impact.

The ENE project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding