Climate Emergency Declaration
At the full Council Meeting on 10 July 2020, it was resolved:
“That this Council declares a Climate Emergency and should instigate a small working group to determine how we can reduce, to a minimum, our carbon footprint by 2030.”
The Climate Emergency Working Group (CEWG) includes Cllr D Aitchison, Cllr S Bennett, Cllr M Morris, Cllr M Richardson and Cllr A Smith and reports back to Council and the Planning & Environment Committee with updates and recommendations. The group will engage with community stakeholders across the town to assist the Council in achieving the above ambition and support others to work towards similar aspirations.
An Action Plan is being finalised and will be brought to Council in January 2020. EPCs and DECs are being obtained to give Council a benchmark for all buildings and ideas on how we can improve energy efficiency. Council already obtains its electricity supplies from an 100% renewable energy supplier and will continue to do this.
A new ‘cycle to work’ scheme has been approved, so employees are able to cycle to work and work is currently being undertaken in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team to reduce vehicle idling. An interesting article from the RAC about why engine idling is so harmful can be found here. Members are also trying to car share more.
Council is also currently working with a local CIC called Happy Globe to draw up a proposal for a project to use the Cowpasture Meadow for the keeping of bees, the promotion of wildflowers, other pollinators and wildlife and planting of a small orchard, see details of the proposal here.
Council would like to work with the community to help achieve projects such as a ‘Repair café’ to encourage repairing items rather than purchasing new, a ‘Library of Things’ to enable easy borrowing of items such as tools as opposed to purchasing, and to help the Allotment Association FSALG become a ‘Champion’ for composting. Any organisation who would like a grant to help set up any environmental project please see here for further details.
At the next Annual Town Meeting on 8 May 2020 we will be looking for community groups who would like a stand to promote how what they are doing environmentally. Please email us, if this is something you would be interested in.
The following are some useful links to help with your climate change action:
Car Sharing: www.suffolkcarshare.com is a free to use and secure web-based matching service for anyone wishing to share a car journey as either a driver or passenger. Go to http://www.greensuffolk.org/travel/journey-planning/car-sharing/ for a savings calculator to see how much money you can save.
Cycling: Sustrans offer advice on more cycling and walking https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ and other local groups such as Cycle Felixstowe https://www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/cycle-felixstowe.
Public Transport: The Town Council works closely with Felixstowe Travelwatch. For information go to their website at http://ftw.onesuffolk.net/.
Solar Panels: Suffolk County Council run a successful group buying scheme called Solar Together Suffolk which offers savings on the installation of solar panels for your home https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/planning-waste-and-environment/solar-together-suffolk/.
Businesses: Groundworks offer advice on topics such as energy management and monitoring, renewable energy, Green procurement, water and waste management, Environmental Management Systems, long term sustainability, funding and bid writing for environmental grants. Contact them via the Bee Anglia project http://www.beeanglia.org/ for further details.
If your business would like to receive accreditation for their environmental credentials, you can become a member of the Suffolk Carbon Charter, see https://carboncharter.org/ for details.
Further guidance can also be found at https://eastsuffolkmeansbusiness.co.uk/business-support/resources/business-energy-efficiency/ which points to a free tool for calculating your carbon footprint http://www.greensuffolk.org/at-work/carbon-footprint-calculator
The Carbon Trust also provides advice for business https://www.carbontrust.com/home/
East Suffolk Greenprint Forum have led on schemes such as the Yellow Fish project and Bin the Butt. They are a voluntary network, facilitated by the District Council, anywhere can join for free to help inform and learn from their thinking. https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/east-suffolk-greenprint-forum/
Electric Vehicles: For a map of electric vehicle charge points in Felixstowe see https://www.zap-map.com/locations/felixstowe-charging-points/
Plug in Suffolk (Suffolk County Council) is the UK’s first fully open fast charging network, where no phone app or membership card is required to charge and are looking for companies with accessibility to expand the EV charger network in Suffolk and Norfolk see https://www.pluginsuffolk.org/ for further details.
Recycling: For further information on recycling and donating to charity please see https://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/
Foodwaste: Food Savvy is an organisation supported by Suffolk County Council to help reduce food waste and give ideas to save both food and money. https://www.foodsavvy.org.uk/