Norfolk and Suffolk Clean Growth Taskforce
Wednesday 9th March 2022
Agenda Item 4
Defining the ambition and its delivery
Summary
This paper seeks to update the Taskforce on its evidence and impact workstrand based on a
Taskforce sub-group meeting held on 7 February. It also looks to agree a deliverable, local
ambition as well as the structure for a local ‘COP-26’ style event designed to galvanise broader
support as well as agree the next steps in terms of Action Plan delivery.
Recommendation
The Taskforce is asked to:
Note the update from the evidence and impact sub-group
Agree the clean growth ambition for Norfolk and Suffolk: “Accelerating Norfolk
and Suffolk's clean growth ambitions through collaboration and
impactful intervention, enabling us to be net zero by 2030.”
Agree to delegate the structure/agenda for a local ‘COP-26’ style stakeholder event
to the Collaboration and Leadership sub-group
Provide any updates in support of this paper and the Action Plan agreed at the last
meeting
Delegate actions for delivery to each sub-group to report back to at the next meeting
Background
The Clean Growth Taskforce has committed to developing the following with respect to
evidence and impact in their action plan (included at Appendix A):
Develop a strategic, emissions-led approach to clean growth evidence and impact,
balancing it with an encouraging succinct key message and clear call to action that
everyone can commit to wherever they are on their clean growth ‘journey’
Work with large businesses/point source emitters to establish best practise and peer-
to-peer learning and disseminate throughout the region
Develop a deliverable, local evidence-based ambition
At its last meeting the Taskforce also noted the following with respect to evidence/impact:
Importance of Carbon Budgets and data trends to determine focus/impact
Take a lead where others are not – refer to Local Authorities and sector
roadmaps/targets
Strategic Evidence – update from evidence and impact sub-group
At the inaugural meeting of the Clean Growth Taskforce, Professor Andrew Lovett outlined
the changes in emissions since 2005. He noted that per capita emissions have declined by
a third since 2005 (to 6.3t in Norfolk and 5.5t in Suffolk) but that the Climate Change
Commission (2019) estimate a value of 1.7t per capita is needed by 2050 to meet the Paris
Agreement target of a 1.5°C temperature increase by 2100.
This indicates that while progress has been made, more is to be achieved before 2050.
He also noted that the domestic, (industrial) and transport sectors are the largest
contributors, with the latter becoming proportionally more important between 2005 and 2019.
This indicates that progress has been made in both the industrial and domestic sectors but
that less progress has been made in the transport sector. Indeed, emissions from transport
have only come down by 4% over the period compared with 40% in the domestic sector and
26% in the industrial sector.
This analysis supports the Taskforce’s three main focuses of effort with respect to impact.
Decarbonising Transport – deliver the Alternative Fuel Strategy and Action Plan and
determine next steps
Transition Business Support – oversee the delivery of the Road to Net Zero Business
Support Programme and any wider clean growth programme embedment
Workforce for the Future – work with the Skills Advisory Panel to shape the
Decarbonisation Academy proposal (retrofitting the domestic sector – particularly
affordable housing, in the first instance) and the wider clean growth skills agenda
Composition of CO2 emissions by Sector – Norfolk and Suffolk (2019)
Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions estimates 2005-2019 (kt CO2) – BEIS
Industry
24%
Commercial
7%
Land Use inc.
forestry
9%
Public Sector
3%
Domestic
24%
Transport
33%
Industry Commercial Land Use inc. forestry Public Sector Domestic Transport
Point source emitters
The point source emitters for Norfolk and Suffolk are included in Appendix B. This shows
that 90% of all of the emissions from ‘point sources’ in Norfolk and Suffolk are from the top 9:
Site
Operator
Local Authority
Great Yarmouth Power Station RWE Generation UK plc Great Yarmouth
Wissington British Sugar Plc KL&WN
Bury St Edmunds British Sugar Plc West Suffolk
Kings Lynn Power Station Centrica K L Limited KLWN
Saddlebow Paper Mill Palm Paper Limited KLWN
Ipswich Suez Recycling And Recovery Mid Suffolk
Bacton Terminal 3 PERENCO UK LIMITED North Norfolk
Cantley British Sugar Plc Broadland
Bacton Interconnector (UK) Limited North Norfolk
While the specifics of the data are not directly comparable to the wider sectoral emissions
above, in that they are counted at source rather than at consumption, they do nonetheless
equate to a significant proportion of the industrial emissions shown above.
Conversations are being scheduled with each of the relevant local authorities to understand
what discussions have already taken place.
Taskforce members will be asked to help further pursue these relationships to understand
best practise and offer any support as appropriate.
Strategic Impact – taking a lead where others are not
Below is a list of areas already being taken forward by the public sector with respect to
Taskforce focus areas as well as other local authority priorities:
Decarbonising Transport:
Norfolk Climate Change Partnership (NCCP): Sustainable Hydrogen in Fleet Transport
Norfolk County Council: Electric Vehicle Strategy
Suffolk Climate Change Environment and Energy Board (SCCEEB): increase
sustainable transport readiness, reduce car demand (active and public transport),
transition to zero emission fleet (infrastructure, take up and freight)
Workforce for the Future:
SCCEEB: skills for clean power
Transition Business Support:
SCCEEB: behaviour change, energy efficiency, heat decarbonisation, industrial
processes
Others:
SCCEEB domestic: behaviour change, energy efficiency, heat decarbonation
SCCEEB collaborative action: community action, stakeholder/supplier collaboration,
financing, monitoring and communication
SCCEEB cleaner power: capacity planning, support for smart/flexible grid, public sector
renewables leadership
NCCP: Community Energy Kickstarter
All Taskforce members are asked to provide details of sector specific pathways/
commitments and consider how we are currently leading in the areas defined in the
Government’s 10-point plan and where any gaps might be that they would like to pursue.
This will help shape further clean growth embedment within the LEP.
Collaboration and Leadership – a clean growth ambition for Norfolk and Suffolk
The Clean Growth Taskforce has committed to “developing an encouraging succinct key
message and clear call to action that everyone can commit to wherever they are on their
clean growth journey
It has been agreed that this ‘ambition’ be deliverable and based on local evidence. While
refinement needs to continue as part of the wider work of the Taskforce the following
statement is put forward for consideration/agreement in order to help shape broader support
in this space:
Accelerating Norfolk and Suffolk's clean growth ambitions through
collaboration and impactful intervention, enabling us to be net zero by 2030.
This key message will be taken forward to a local ‘COP-26’ style stakeholder event –
provisionally scheduled for June 2022. This will follow a similar structure to those run
previously around the development of our strategic ambitions. Stakeholders will include
representatives from each of our twelve key sectors as well and local authority leaders and
those from the education sector. This paper seeks agreement that the structure of the event
be delegated to the Collaboration and Leadership sub-group for agreement at the May 2022
Taskforce.
Next Steps
The following elements are to be considered by the relevant sub-groups of the Taskforce as
part of the action planning next steps:
Collaboration and Leadership
How can we further influence Government?
How do we work more closely with Transport East?
How can we influence behaviour change?
How can we work with our supply chains?
What other key players should we engage with i.e. Environment Agency?
Evidence and impact
Future forecasts, including population growth
Broader understanding of what other places are doing well
Consideration of our USP options in this space i.e. peat sequestration/land use
opportunities, energy generation/transport decarbonisation etc.
Understand data at a more granular level where appropriate
Decarbonising Transport
Determine next steps focus with respect to the Alternative Fuel Strategy
Consider how a wider ‘place’ brief might be included in the work of the Taskforce
Transition Business Support
Consider the Road to Net Zero Business Support Programme delivery/learning and
consider how we might take forward into future business support delivery
Investigate the breadth of green initiatives/incentives available in the business
support space
Work with other business intermediaries to better coordinate clean growth messaging
Workforce for the future
Develop the Decarbonisation Academy proposal
Consider how we continue to improve the links between the private and education
sector to further maximise impact, ensuring clean growth is communicated
Further develop labour market information to embed clean growth and ensure
learners understand the opportunities
Each sub-group is asked to consider prioritisation of activities in order to report back at the
next Taskforce Meeting.
Recommendation
The Taskforce is asked to:
Note the update from the evidence and impact sub-group
Agree the clean growth ambition for Norfolk and Suffolk: “Accelerating Norfolk
and Suffolk's clean growth ambitions through collaboration and
impactful intervention, enabling us to be net zero by 2030.”
Agree to delegate the structure/agenda for a local ‘COP-26’ style stakeholder event
to the Collaboration and Leadership sub-group
Provide any updates in support of this paper and the Action Plan agreed at the last
meeting
Delegate actions for delivery to each sub-group to report back to at the next meeting
APPENDIX A – Clean Growth Taskforce Action Plan (March 2022 update)
APPENDIX B – Point Source Emitters (2019)
APPENDIX A
Clean Growth Taskforce Action Plan – March 2022 update
Introduction
The Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk highlights the urgent need to transition to a
decarbonised future and grow a clean economy that protects and restores natural capital and
provides a more resilient, inclusive future for all.
It also draws attention to Norfolk and Suffolk as an established and growing low carbon economy at
the forefront of tackling the challenges and opportunities of climate change. The area is a major
research and innovation centre and has business strengths in adaptation which present significant
cross-sector opportunities for the UK’s transition to net zero. Specifically, Norfolk and Suffolk:
Is the UK’s leading producer of clean energy. It is at the forefront of the Southern North Sea
transition and has further potential for bioenergy, hydrogen and energy storage industries, and a
strong low carbon goods and services offer.
Has expertise in satellite applications and Artificial Intelligence (AI) which will benefit offshore
wind, nuclear, precision farming, construction, manufacturing, health and social care, and the
visitor economy.
Is ripe to further test cross-sector innovation in industries such as farming and food production,
transportation and construction where exponential transformation needed.
The Strategy notes that there are economic and societal advantages for businesses, communities
and places who emerge as leaders, from new markets to new, higher paid jobs and improved public
health and commits to remaining at the forefront of tackling the challenges and opportunities of
climate change.
It defines Clean Growth as “Growing an environmentally positive and resilient economy by
exploiting the region’s strengths, driving the adoption of clean technology, efficient use of
natural resources 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.”
Leadership and collaboration – be Ambassadors for the Clean Growth region
Evidence and impact – oversee the development of Clean Growth evidence and impact
Decarbonising Transport – influence the development of the Alternative Fuel Strategy and
Action Plan and its subsequent delivery
Transition Business Support – work with the Business Growth Programme Partnership
Board to oversee the delivery of the Road to Net Zero Business Support Programme and
any wider clean growth programme embedment
Workforce for the Future – work with the Skills Advisory Panel to shape the
Decarbonisation Academy proposal and the wider clean growth skills agenda
The Clean Growth agenda binds industry together in a way that has not happened previously: a
holistic and whole life approach that includes the supply chain is critical. The CBI identifies this as
the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ – but how do we add value and avoid duplication?
The Taskforce provides leadership and collaboration and promotes Norfolk and Suffolk as the UK’s
Clean Growth Region helping to raise the profile of the major contribution the area plays in the UK’s
transition to a post carbon economy, representing the area nationally, regionally and locally.