Published in March 2023, the East Suffolk Climate Action Framework summarises the council’s approach to tackling the climate emergency. It also shows how we are prioritising over 60 climate change-related workstreams to best meet our ambition to become a net zero council by 2030 and support the wider ambition for Suffolk as a whole to achieve net zero by the same time.
The framework does this by setting out our work on reducing the council’s own emissions so far, our wider collaborative programme addressing the climate emergency in other sectors across Suffolk, plus what we plan to do next.
It complements the council’s Strategic Plan, which was approved in 2020 and commits to “put the environment at the heart of everything we do”. It incorporates the latest national guidance on responding to climate change, as well as our own Local Plans which contain policies relating to sustainable development and travel. This work is embedded across our Service Plans and the environment is always considered formally as part of decisions by Cabinet and Full Council.
The framework is a working document, that will continue to evolve and be updated quarterly. The framework includes plans that are under continued development and it will continue to develop as improvements in technology, local and national policies and climate science emerge and progress.
Progress of Suffolk as a whole's net zero zero journey and addressing the climate emergency can be found on the Suffolk Data Observatory website.