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Schemes to Help with our Environmental Footprint.

There are many ways that we can all help to reduce our environmental footprint by using the mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but there are also schemes in place to help tackle this global issue at a local level:

  • Warm Homes Fund

National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions launched a £150m Warm Homes Fund to support local authorities in helping fuel poor households.

Suffolk's councils were awarded funding for the next 3 years to install first-time central heating systems in fuel poor households. Read more about the Warm Homes Fund in Suffolk

  • Fuel poverty

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes, by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to some households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are in fuel poverty.

Suffolk’s councils have jointly published criteria in a Statement of Intent, that enables them to identify households that would benefit. Improvements are often fully funded when the household meets certain criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty. Read more about ECO in Suffolk

  • Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia

The BEE Anglia programme provides free support to eligible organisations in Suffolk and Norfolk to help them become more energy efficient.  Visit BEE Anglia's website

  • Suffolk Carbon Charter

The Suffolk Carbon Charter is an award that recognises carbon reduction measures taken by Suffolk's small and medium businesses. How businesses can apply and become accredited

  • Recycling

Visit our section on Refuse, Recycling and Refilling under the Information tab to find out about reducing, reusing and recycling in Thurston and Suffolk.
All kerbside waste that can't be recycled goes to Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility. It powers 30,000 homes.

  • Tree for Life

To promote the community benefits of planting trees, the Councils offer families a tree to mark the arrival of every new child.  Read more about our Tree for Life scheme

  • Greenways Countryside Project

Greenways Countryside Project volunteers help to protect and enhance our countryside. They work from an area of about 100 square kilometres in and around Ipswich. Read more about the Greenways Countryside Project