South Norfolk
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030.

Local net-zero target date

Emergency not yet declared

Plan published

Not published yet

Plan scope

Not known

Climate emergency declared

Not declared yet

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ data.climateemergency.uk

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CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

802,265 tonnes

People in the local area

140,880

CO2 per person per year

5.7 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

714,973 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2019).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2017
2018
2019

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 836 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around South Norfolk:

ZEBRA Cambridge

Reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality across Cambridge.

Cambridge
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport

Bedford Green Technology & Innovation Park

Regenerating an unused area to provide the Council with renewable energy.

Bedford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Priory Country Park

Demonstrating a range of energy and water-saving methods which could be applied to the average home.

Bedford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Bedford Boatslide Hydro Power Facility

Re-establishing the traditional use of hydropower to deliver sustainable power in Bedford.

Bedford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

RE:FIT Bedford

Retrofitting buildings with energy efficiency measures to cut running costs and carbon emissions.

Bedford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Finance

Plug In Suffolk

Accelerating the rollout of public EV charging infrastructure in rural parishes across the county.

Babergh
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Evolution

Reducing carbon with Kate Armitage from Evolution on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Thurrock
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Transport

Goldsmith Street Passivhaus Development

Developing bold, energy-efficient homes that help to tackle fuel poverty.

Norwich
  • Excessive consumption
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment