Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 11 Cutting our carbon emissions through innovation Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils became the first rural councils in the UK to start the switch from diesel to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to fuel its fleet of bin lorries. Working with waste collection provider Serco, this decision has delivered a CO₂ reduction of 467,000kg - an 89% CO₂ reduction per kilometre. The fleet had previously represented the biggest proportion of the councils’ CO₂ emissions. More than 500 solar panels have also been installed on the roofs of Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, and Hadleigh Pool and Leisure. Combined with similar work at leisure centres and swimming pools in neighbouring Mid Suffolk, the £2.8 million measures are expected to save 269.9 tonnes of CO₂e, while also reducing the amount of energy needed to run the leisure centres. There are also 40 solar covered parking bays being installed at Kingfisher Leisure Centre. We are among the first rural UK councils to trial the technology, and hope that by championing innovation it will encourage others to follow suit. A ‘Tree for Life’ for all new parents Since 2019, we have offered parents with a newborn or newly-adopted child the chance to plant a tree. The scheme is also available to parents who may have lost a child in the same period. Plant pot-grown trees are also available for those without access to a garden. The initiative aims to boost tree coverage across the district, and in the last three years 471 trees have been planted. Through the gifting of trees, we are helping families give back to their communities as well as supporting the councils’ commitment to tackle climate change and strengthening biodiversity. Find out how to get involved