Meeting Note
2pm, Monday 8th November Teams
Will Bridgman Warren Services
Genevieve Christie First Light Festival
Ali Clabburn Liftshare
Ellen Goodwin New Anglia LEP
Lorraine Gore Norfolk Climate Change Partnership
Andrew Lovett University of East Anglia
Pete Joyner New Anglia LEP
Jill Korwin Suffolk Climate Change, Energy and
Environment Board
Johnathan Reynolds New Anglia LEP
Nikos Savvas West Suffolk College
Xanthe Kueppers Sizewell C
Candy Richards Federation of Small Businesses
In attendance for item 3:
Katherine Orchard Element Energy
Edward Wilson Element Energy
Dayle Bayliss Dayle Bayliss ltd.
Nigel Davies Muntons
Julia Pyke EDF
Lisa Roberts New Anglia LEP
Johan Neethling Rainbird
1. Minutes and matters arising
Pete Joyner welcomed new Members of the Taskforce and noted that industry
representation had been reviewed and extended.
The meeting note from 20 July 2021 was accepted as a true record. All actions are covered
by this agenda.
As a result of concerns about governance at the first meeting the Taskforce agreed to
approve the amended terms of reference for the Taskforce.
ACTION: register of conflicts to be circulated for completion ahead of the next meeting
2. Build Back Greener and COP 26 reflections
Ellen Goodwin outlined the key strands of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy and the
outcomes of COP26 so far
Norfolk and Suffolk Clean Growth
Build Back Greener
4 principles:
1. Will not go against the grain of consumer choice
2. The biggest polluters will pay the biggest price
3. The vulnerable will be protected
4. Work with business to reduce the cost of low carbon tech
Power clean electricity by 2030, nuclear investment decision by end of Parliament
and 40GW of offshore energy by 2030 with specific reference to community
disruption in the East of England
Fuel supply and hydrogen support for new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture
business models and licensing changes with respect to the oil and gas industry
Industry carbon capture clusters (East Anglia not prioritised) and support for
industrial transition
Heat and buildings no new gas boilers by 2035, support for greener heating
choices, Heat Pump Ready programme focussed on tech, the rebalancing of policy
costs from electricity to gas, various grant schemes and a hydrogen village trial to
inform the decision on the role of hydrogen in heating
Transport no new petrol or diesels cars by 2030, support for EV infrastructure, new
net zero HGV trials, walking, cycling, bus improvements, net zero buses, the end of
diesel trains by 2040, extension of Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition,
support for sustainable aviation fuel and international jet zero leadership
Natural resources low-carbon farming and agricultural innovation
Cross-cutting innovation, finance, skills reform, annual progress monitoring
COP26 deforestation, methane and coal commitments although some notable exceptions,
clean tech support from business.
Taskforce observations included:
Level of ambition disappointing need for business and grass roots delivery
leading by example Taskforce can support
EELGA ambition feeds into this discussion
No significant industrial load here but micro clusters can we develop our offer?
Need to work with point source emitters including British Sugar Jill already actioned
Need to consider the outputs from the Norfolk and Suffolk Local Energy Asset
ACTION: need to confirm gas boiler phase out date 2035 in both Net Zero Strategy and
accompanying Heat and Buildings Strategy with respect to all installations, 2025 for new
ACTION: follow up key areas in action plan
3. Alternative Fuel Strategy
Katherine Orchard attended from Element Energy to present their work to date.
Taskforce observations included:
Need to include an element of rail and ports given local hydrogen opportunity
Need to ensure we add value to other work: Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan, Norfolk
EV Strategy, Net Zero Norfolk etc.
Has burning hydrogen as a fuel been considered? Need to link to industry leadership
Need to pick up lifecycle emissions too reduce demand as congestion an ongoing
concern dont want to just move emissions to overseas
FSB linked report
ACTION: Ellen and Katherine to pick up all the various strands/work including Greater South
East Energy Hub work and the Transport East decarbonisation strand
Key questions asked were:
Are there any local strengths where you see opportunities to link to/drive transport
decarbonisation? Either through innovation, skills, wider strategies, or other
Are there areas that you see as particularly challenging for decarbonising transport in
East Anglia? e.g. skills gaps, infrastructure, particular needs of major local business
sectors, other
Are there areas where East Anglia can or should look to lead ahead of action at
national level?
What roles do you see for local businesses in delivering transport decarbonisation in
the area, both in their own operations and in supporting wider change?
What further support is needed to enable businesses to deliver that change and to
retain value within the local area?
Taskforce observations included:
Need to think beyond transport and focus on place infrastructure integration
Need to consider unique local features i.e Port of Felixstowe, how do we attract
inward investment? Need to link this work to the wider economic agenda
Urgency important need to give business the tools they need: large and small
Need to be led by demand/supply data
ACTION: Ellen to pick up key strands and engage Taskforce in a smaller sub-group as
4. Clean Growth Progress
Ellen Goodwin presented the paper and asked for Taskforce feedback
Definition feedback included:
Growing an environmentally positive and resilient economy by exploiting the region’s
strengths, driving the adoption of clean technology, efficient use of natural resources
enhancing natural capital, and reducing waste, accelerating sustainable infrastructure,
equipping and empowering business and people to take advantage of the opportunities in
moving to a zero-carbon economy
Also need to define net zero already included in the Renewal Plan
Need to continue revisiting mapping exercise
Net Zero Business Support take an emission led approach moving forward but need to
get people on the journey
ACTION: regular mapping review (alongside terms of reference review)
ACTION: consider how to take a strategic, emissions led approach into the Net Zero
Business Support Programme
ACTION: engage NODA/SODA on the evidence and impact work
5. Skills Update
Nikos provided an update from FE and sixth form colleges (uploaded to the website once
confirmed from sector contributors)
Taskforce queries included:
Is enough being done to link the private and educational sector? Yes, but we can
always do more. Each FE institution has a different relationship with the private
Need to ensure offer available to as many businesses and learners as possible.
Young people need good labour market information. WSC already working in this
space but wider Suffolk cohort significant. Taskforce to engage with the Enterprise
Advisor Network as appropriate
ACTION: Link WSC and KLWN (complete)
ACTION: All to consider engaging with the Enterprise Advisor Network
6. AOB
Forward plan/Action Plan considerations:
Ongoing discussion regarding an overarching target
Suffolk - working together to make the changes to best set Suffolk on the path for
carbon neutrality by 2030
ACTION: LAs and LEP to explore how can we use sector/business ambition to feed into
the process?
ACTION: Johnathan to provide data to support the evidence and impact workstrand
ACTION: explore this data too
ACTION: Will and Johnathan to discuss solar export challenges