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East Suffolk Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 24, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Since its creation in April 2019, East Suffolk Council has had an ambitious environmental vision to build the right environment for East Suffolk and it's committed to be carbon neutral by 2030.”

Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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East Suffolk Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionEast Suffolk CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

1103.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.4 tCO2

per person

0.9 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

33%

Domestic

21%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

37%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to East Suffolk Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Ashford Borough Council86%Yes2030No
Suffolk County Council84%Yes2030March 21, 2019
East Sussex County Council82%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Norfolk County Council81%No2030No
Braintree District Council80%No2030July 22, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council80%Yes2050No
Maidstone Borough Council79%No2030April 10, 2019
Dover District Council78%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Colchester Borough Council78%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Rother District Council77%No2030Sept. 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Suffolk Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Central Bedfordshire Council90%No2030March 5, 2019
Worcestershire County Council90%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council89%No2030July 16, 2019
North Somerset Council89%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
East Devon District Council89%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Stroud District Council89%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
North Devon Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Boston Borough Council89%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Suffolk County Council88%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Staffordshire County Council88%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with East Suffolk Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Ipswich Borough Council96%Yes2030July 9, 2019
South Norfolk District Council96%NoNo targetNo
Mid Suffolk District Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Babergh District Council93%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Norfolk County Council91%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to East Suffolk Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Newark and Sherwood District Council96%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Ashford Borough Council94%Yes2030No
West Lothian Council92%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Falkirk Council91%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
East Sussex County Council91%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council90%Yes2050No
Flintshire County Council90%NoNo targetNo
Somerset County Council90%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council90%No2030April 3, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council89%Yes2030March 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Suffolk Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
West Berkshire Council97%No2030July 2, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Suffolk County Council95%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council94%No2030April 2, 2019
Stafford Borough Council94%No2040July 23, 2019
East Hampshire District Council94%No2050July 18, 2019
Ashford Borough Council93%Yes2030No
Fife Council93%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council92%NoNo targetNo
Gloucestershire County Council92%Yes2030May 15, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

East Suffolk Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    protect-eu.mimecast.com
    East Suffolk Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check East Suffolk Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about East Suffolk Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: East Suffolk Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/east-suffolk-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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