Mid Suffolk 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 Mid Suffolk and Babergh 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 roof of Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, and over 100 at Stradbroke swimming pool and fitness centre. Combined with similar work at leisure centres and swimming pools in neighbouring Babergh, 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. We are also installing 70 solar covered parking bays at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, with work nearing completion. They will generate electricity on site, and provide up to 23.7% of the leisure centre’s annual electricity demand. They will also power up to eight new electric vehicle charging points. 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