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Mid Suffolk District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 25, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“ At full Council meetings on 23rd July 2019 and 25th July 2019 respectively Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils recognised the existence of a climate emergency and committed to investigating ways in which they could reduce their own emissions and to supporting the Suffolk-wide aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

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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SectionMid Suffolk District CouncilAverage district council
Total score58%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
14/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
13/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

638.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.1 tCO2

per person

0.7 ktCO2

per km2

5%

Commercial

23%

Domestic

26%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

44%

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 Mid Suffolk District 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
Babergh District Council81%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Norfolk District Council78%NoNo targetNo
Breckland District Council71%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
West Lindsey District Council69%Yes2050No
Norfolk County Council67%No2030No
Melton Borough Council66%No2030July 17, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council66%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Maldon District Council66%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Broadland District Council65%No2050No
Huntingdonshire District Council65%No2040No

These councils are the most similar to Mid Suffolk District 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
South Kesteven District Council83%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Breckland District Council82%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Babergh District Council82%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Teignbridge District Council80%Yes2025April 18, 2019
South Somerset District Council80%Yes2023May 21, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council79%Yes2030June 27, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council79%No2030July 28, 2021
North West Leicestershire District Council79%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Flintshire County Council79%NoNo targetNo
East Cambridgeshire District Council79%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Ipswich Borough Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Babergh District Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Norfolk District Council96%NoNo targetNo
East Suffolk Council95%No2030July 24, 2019
Breckland District Council94%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
West Suffolk Council94%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Norfolk County Council93%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Mid Suffolk District 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
Melton Borough Council97%No2030July 17, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Selby District Council96%Yes2030No
Wiltshire Council96%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Kesteven District Council94%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
East Devon District Council94%Yes2040July 24, 2019
South Norfolk District Council93%NoNo targetNo
Huntingdonshire District Council93%No2040No
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council93%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council91%Yes2050May 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Mid Suffolk District 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
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council89%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council87%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council83%No2030May 2, 2020
Derbyshire Dales District Council82%Yes2030May 30, 2019
South Norfolk District Council81%NoNo targetNo
Rutland County Council81%No2050No
Babergh District Council80%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council79%Yes2030May 9, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council78%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
South Holland District Council78%NoNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

Mid Suffolk District 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

    midsuffolk.gov.uk
    Mid Suffolk District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Mid Suffolk District 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 Mid Suffolk District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Mid Suffolk District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/mid-suffolk-district-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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