District could become Suffolk’s fifth to sign climate pledge but uncertainty over promises remains

By Joao Santos (Local Democracy Reporter)

30th May 2024 | Local News

A SUFFOLK district could become the county's fifth to sign a climate pledge but uncertainty over targets remains.

East Suffolk's cabinet members are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss signing the UK100 climate network pledge.

The climate network is a group of local council leaders who share information on the best approach to climate measures with the goal of rapidly transitioning to Net Zero and Clean Air.

In 2019, all Suffolk authorities declared a climate emergency and, if the proposals are approved next week, East Suffolk would become the county's fifth local authority to join the network.

The officer's report states: "Climate change is a broad and significant challenge for all local authorities, which can only be addressed through open, proactive collaboration, both internally and with key partner organisations, such as through the UK100 network.

"On its own, East Suffolk cannot solve the challenge but can play an important role in finding solutions and leading by example."

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils were the last to sign the pledge, doing so in September of last year, with Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council doing so in 2021 and 2022 respectively — if approved on Tuesday, Ipswich Borough Council would be the Suffolk local authority left.

To join the network, the council must commit to a 2030 Net Zero target for its own emissions, a goal already set in 2019.

Another commitment as part of the pledge is that all district councils achieve Net Zero areawide emissions by 2045.

However, the officer's report, due to be presented to cabinet members states the local authority's target is 2050 or before, meaning it remains unclear which targets the council is committing to.

The council has been approached for clarity.

     

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