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West Suffolk Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 19, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Specifically, it will help us in our aim of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions by 2030 and underline the importance of tackling the emergency more urgently.”

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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SectionWest Suffolk CouncilAverage district council
Total score64%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
17/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
12/18
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
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
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

995.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.6 tCO2

per person

1.0 ktCO2

per km2

34%

Transport

24%

Domestic

22%

Commercial

14%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

2%

Agriculture

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 West 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
Rother District Council70%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Suffolk County Council68%Yes2030March 21, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council66%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Rugby Borough Council66%No2030July 18, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council66%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Norfolk County Council66%No2030No
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council65%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Dover District Council64%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council63%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council62%No2030May 27, 2021

These councils are the most similar to West 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
Rushcliffe Borough Council77%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council64%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council61%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council60%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council60%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council60%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Dundee City Council59%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Rother District Council58%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council57%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council55%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Braintree District Council95%No2030July 22, 2019
Breckland District Council95%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Babergh District Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Uttlesford District Council94%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Colchester Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cambridge City Council94%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council93%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
South Cambridgeshire District Council93%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West 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
Mid Devon District Council98%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Mendip District Council96%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Powys County Council94%No2030July 30, 2020
Shropshire Council - Unitary94%No2030May 16, 2019
Eden District Council93%No2030July 11, 2019
Devon County Council92%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Somerset District Council92%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Teignbridge District Council91%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council90%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Somerset County Council90%No2030Feb. 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West 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
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Braintree District Council98%No2030July 22, 2019
East Hampshire District Council96%No2050July 18, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Ards and North Down Borough Council95%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
West Berkshire Council95%No2030July 2, 2019
Suffolk County Council94%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Oxfordshire County Council94%No2030April 2, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

West 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: West Suffolk Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/west-suffolk-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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