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Environmental measures for West Suffolk revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:59 25 July 2020

New electric vehicle charging points are one of the measures West Suffolk is pursuing to become carbon neutral by 2030. Picture: BMSDC

New electric vehicle charging points are one of the measures West Suffolk is pursuing to become carbon neutral by 2030. Picture: BMSDC

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Sourcing recycled paper, more electric vehicle charging points and reviewing bin collection rounds are among the measures a Suffolk authority has agreed to help tackle climate change.

West Suffolk Council leader John Griffiths said the measures would build on the council's strong track record. Picture: MARIAM GHAEMIWest Suffolk Council leader John Griffiths said the measures would build on the council's strong track record. Picture: MARIAM GHAEMI

West Suffolk Council’s cabinet on Tuesday agreed to an action plan put forward by a cross-party task force in ways of reducing its carbon impact and becoming more environmentally sustainable.

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Among the measures to be pursued are:

• Raising energy efficiency standards in council homes

• Adding greater sustainability plans into planning policies

• Using renewable energy in council buildings

• Reviewing the waste collection routes to make them as efficient as possible

• Electric vehicles when replacing pool cars

• Providing more electric vehicle charge points

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• Improve monitoring of air quality

• Do more to tackle vehicle idling

• Assess options for building and running a new solar farm

• Use recycled or sustainably sourced paper

• Procure from local firms where possible

The authority said it had a roadmap of around 50 measures to begin with, which will help meet its aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, after declaring a climate emergency last year.

On Tuesday it also agreed to declare an environment emergency.

Council leader John Griffiths said: “One of the first initiatives I set up when West Suffolk Council was formed last year was to set up a task force to look into what more we can do with regard to climate change.

“We already have a strong track record on reducing our impact on the climate which has seen real and positive results and made us a national leader in areas such as energy from solar; and even during lockdown we carried on with initiatives such as planting another 1,000 trees.

“But more can always be done, and this green roadmap will build further on our work in West Suffolk with a number of measures and initiatives to further tackle climate change and protect our environment. Specifically, it will help us in our aim of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and underline the importance of tackling the emergency more urgently.”


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