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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

1188.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.6 tCO2

per person

1.1 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

21%

Domestic

28%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

35%

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 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
Chichester District Council68%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Rugby Borough Council68%No2030July 18, 2019
Norfolk County Council67%No2030No
Lincolnshire County Council67%Yes2050No
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority64%Yes2050No
North Northamptonshire Council63%No2030July 28, 2021
Cambridgeshire County Council63%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Suffolk County Council62%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council62%NoNo targetNo
North Lincolnshire Council61%Yes2030No

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
Cheshire West and Chester Council72%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority71%NoNo targetNo
Stirling Council70%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)70%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council69%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council68%NoNo targetNo
Newport City Council68%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
East Staffordshire Borough Council68%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Rugby Borough Council68%No2030July 18, 2019
Wiltshire Council68%No2030Feb. 26, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Cambridgeshire District Council95%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
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council93%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
South Cambridgeshire District Council92%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council92%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Norfolk County Council92%No2030No
Suffolk County Council89%Yes2030March 21, 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
Mendip District Council94%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council91%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Mid Devon District Council89%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Somerset District Council89%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary88%No2030May 16, 2019
City of London87%No2027No
London Borough of Redbridge86%Yes2050June 20, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon86%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Midlothian Council85%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
North Warwickshire Borough Council85%No2030Oct. 22, 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
Braintree District Council95%No2030July 22, 2019
East Hampshire District Council94%No2050July 18, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
West Berkshire Council93%No2030July 2, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council93%Yes2050No
Bassetlaw District Council92%NoNo targetNo
West Lancashire Borough Council92%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council92%No2030April 2, 2019
Ards and North Down Borough Council92%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 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 27 Jun 2022].

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