We already support several schemes, which confront this global issue at a local level.
Connected for Warmth
Connected for Warmth is an award-winning grant scheme offering FREE energy-saving measures to homes across Britain, that can help you reduce your energy use and stay warm and well.
Warm Homes Fund
National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions launched a £150m Warm Homes Fund to support local authorities in helping fuel poor households.
Councils in Suffolk were awarded funding to install central heating systems in fuel poor households.
You can visit our Warm Homes Suffolk page for more information.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes, by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to some households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are in fuel poverty.
Councils in Suffolk have jointly published criteria in a Statement of Intent, which enables us to identify households that would benefit from this discount. Improvements are often fully funded when the household meets certain criteria, and are at risk of fuel poverty.
Visit Green Suffolk's website to learn more about energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home.
Suffolk Carbon Charter
The Carbon Charter is an award, local to Suffolk, which recognises carbon reduction measures taken by small and medium businesses in the county.
Recycling and improved refuse collections
Visit the Suffolk Recycles website to learn about reducing, reusing and recycling in Suffolk.
No waste in the county goes to landfill. Anything that can't be recycled goes to Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility, which powers 30,000 homes.
In 2019, we rerouted our waste collection rounds. This was to ensure that our collection service is more fuel efficient.
Greenways Countryside Project
Greenways Countryside Project volunteers help to protect and enhance our countryside. They work from an area of about 100 square kilometres in and around Ipswich.
Paperless billing on bills
We offer residents and businesses the ability to go paperless with their Council Tax and Business Rates bills.
Planning pre-application advice/guidance
As the ‘go to’ department for information regarding sustainability, carbon and energy reduction we can offer pre-application advice to enable applications to be right first time as well as achieving the best possible outcome for the applicant and the Council in terms of climate change mitigation and energy efficiency. Please visit the pre-application pages, if you are looking to submit a planning application.
Business and householder advice, funding and support
The Climate change partnership has advice and information regarding available grants
Households can find additional information at the Energy Saving Trust website or from the Suffolk Climate and Energy Helpline - Tel 0800 02 88 938.
Communities can find information about making local energy work