Lowestoft Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency. This means that the Town Council is actively looking at ways to reduce the reduce it's environmental footprint. With this goal in mind the Council has formed a Climate Emergency Committee to look at ways for the Council to help reduce the climate impact and to provide environmental benefits.
As part of it's declaration of a climate emergency the Council is looking at the following
- Exploring and researching measures to better climate impacts and optimise beneficial natural environments
- Recommend responses on any significant policy consultations directly affecting Lowestoft
- Consider climate emergency action by local groups which might assist the Council's climate emergency activities
- looking at means of assessing measures of current performance to establish the level of success of Council's policy
- Ensuring suitable risk management is in place to safeguard against adverse environmental impacts from Town Council activities or on Town Council assets
- Ensuring items no longer used by the Councils are appropriately disposed of
- Developing the Neighbourhood Plan taking account of the climate emergency
- Contract arrangements include appropriate environmental measures and safeguards
- Water and energy use is as efficient and environmentally friendly as is reasonably possible and using renewable energy sources where possible
- Supporting alternatives to car use including walking, cycling and public transport
- Encouraging the use of land for nature including increasing tree cover
- How best to support it's declaration of carbon neutrality
One of the actions that members of the public can take is to conduct a home plastic audit
As well as looking at the Climate Emergency Lowestoft Town Council has put in place a Sustainability Strategy and a Health and Wellbeing strategy. You can read the Sustainability Strategy Here and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy Here.