Carbon reduction scheme gets go-ahead

A MAJOR carbon reduction programme is set to get underway in Suffolk after two authorities agreed to fund a new scheme calling on families and businesses to save energy and help fight global warming.

A MAJOR carbon reduction programme is set to get underway in Suffolk after two authorities agreed to fund a new scheme calling on families and businesses to save energy and help fight global warming.

The move comes after councillors in the area signed up to CRed - a nationally recognised carbon reduction programme.

CRed was set up by climate scientists from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and has worked to reduce carbon emissions in the region.

Now Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council have joined forces to employ a CRed coordinator to deliver a range of carbon reduction programmes across the county.

Trevor Davies, CRed director professor, said: “This generous funding will enable CRed to intensify its existing work and reach far more households and businesses throughout the area.

“We are very grateful to Ipswich Borough Council for their generous in-kind support which will enable CRed to make its mark in Suffolk by stimulating low carbon-thinking and low-carbon economy in the county.”

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The coordinator will be based at Ipswich Borough Council's offices and will work with householders and businesses to help them cut down on energy output.

The aim is to sign up 500 householders and around 30 businesses in the Ipswich area to CRed in the next six months.

Dr Matthew Ling, head of environmental strategy at IBC, said: “This is a great opportunity to engage people and businesses to change their behaviour to save money and reduce their impact on the climate.”

Councillor Inga Lockington, the borough council's portfolio holder for the environmental Strategy, said: “Ipswich Borough Council welcomes this initiative.

“It will mean that we can, with our regional partners, lead the work in Suffolk in helping to reduce the effects of climate change.”

Weblink: www.cred-uk.org

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