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West Suffolk Council report shows it is beating environmental targets as new task force for environment and climate change delivers initial findings




A new report shows West Suffolk Council is beating environmental targets in reducing greenhouse gas, recycling and generating energy.

The council, which has declared a climate change emergency, has released its latest environmental statement and the initial findings of its environment and climate change task force.

The task force’s suggestions include moving to green energy to run council vehicles and buildings.

West Suffolk House....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (26239146)
West Suffolk House....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (26239146)

Recommendations also include community, business and the housing sector engagement to encourage ideas, best practice and identify issues. Councillors will also look into tree planting programmes.

On Tuesday, the cabinet will be asked to support recommendations on ways the council could reduce and measure carbon use.

This could include exploring new ways of working and processes that are more environmentally friendly and cut costs or improve health.

The environment statement reports on the council’s achievements on meeting environmental measures during 2018/19 and compares them to a base line (often from 2010) to show overall trend. The statement includes statistics from the former Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils.

It showed greenhouse gas emissions were down by 22.7 per cent since 2010; renewable energy generated by the council rose by 14 per cent on last year and is up by 66 per cent since 2012/13; business mileage has dropped by nine per cent since 2017 and 34 per cent since 2010; water consumption was down by nearly 14 per cent since 2010 and the council recycled 52.4 per cent of its office waste – up nine per cent on 2017.


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