Priority 2 in the Building a Better Ipswich Corporate Plan is “A sustainable environment”:
Achieving this priority involves a many different service areas including Major Capital Schemes, the Waste and Recycling team, and the Wildlife and Education Rangers. We also work closely with partners across the county and the region, such as the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership.
When we moved to our new headquarters, Grafton House, in 2007, we introduced a Green Travel Plan.
This led to the introduction of staff car parking charges, discounted public transport tickets and participation in Cyclescheme to encourage staff to travel to work using a more sustainable mode of transport.
Ipswich Borough Council has been actively working to reduce the carbon emissions from its operations since the Council was accepted on the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Programme in 2008. The initial 20% target was achieved at the end of March 2014.
A further reduction target was set to follow on from this achievement. This is the 25:25 plan. The Council seeks to achieve a further 25% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025 through efficiency measures taken across our estate and operations.
Progress towards achieving the 25% reduction target are reported regularly to Executive Committee. Having a further challenging target in place demonstrates Ipswich Borough Council’s commitment to lead by example and influence others to take steps to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.