Climate, Coast and the Environment

North Norfolk has an outstanding natural rural and coastal environment, which makes the District a fantastic place to live, work and visit – our natural environment underpins our appeal as a popular holiday destination.  The northern reaches of the Norfolk Broads network lie within the District and approximately 20% of the District forms part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The district also has 80 Conservation Areas which recognise the strong character of the local built environment, as well as six Blue Flag beaches and three Green Flag parks and open spaces. 

However, the District is at the frontline of climate change with its 45 miles of coastline under threat from storm surge inundation, cliff slippage and erosion, and loss of beaches: all associated with rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events, and all requiring us to the changes these bring. 

In the medium-term there is concern over the future quality of the Broads landscape and environment through rising sea levels and falling ground-water levels, the latter of which also has an impact on the District’s economy as agricultural water abstraction licences are under review in the east of the District potentially requiring significant changes in agricultural practice. 

For these reasons the Council declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019 and has since committed resources to establish an Environmental Forum with the objective of informing the development and implementation of an Environmental Charter.  In turn this will lay out how we will lead community adaptation and reduce the Council’s impact on the environment. 

The Council is seeking to respond to these challenges positively, leading by example, such as its leadership in the development and delivery of the UK first Bacton and Walcott Coastal Management “Sandscaping” scheme and through installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Council’s main office building delivering ongoing financial savings and reducing the authority’s carbon footprint.

 

Climate, Coast and the Environment

Council carbon footprint
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Tonnes of carbon dioxide
Awaiting Data
Number of trees planted
Monitoring
31 Mar 21
12,675
Number of Trees
Monitoring

Objective 1: Developing and implementing an Environmental Charter and Action Plan

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0%
Planned
High
4.1.1 Climate Champions
Establish a framework by which the Council can work with interested parties as climate champions – organisations/individuals who will make collective or personal pledges to take the steps to reduce emissions and address the impacts of climate change. Environment panels will be set up in order to: a. garner ownership b. reflect opinions c. identify actions d. inform policy development
01-Jun-20
to
30-Sep-21
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100%
Completed
High
4.1.2 Develop an action plan, draft, adopt and publish Environment Charter
Develop an action plan, draft, adopt and publish Environment Charter.
01-Jun-20
to
30-Jun-21
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25%
In Progress
High
4.1.3 Promote energy efficiency and behavioural change towards greater sustainability
‘Sell’ the messages through campaigns (awareness raising/ marketing) to promote energy efficiency and behavioural change towards greater sustainability. This work is in progress and will carry on for the duration of the corporate plan period.
01-Jun-20
to
31-Dec-21
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25%
In Progress
High
4.1.4 Raise awareness of the environmental challenges and ambitions in the Environmental Charter
Raise awareness of the environmental challenges and ambitions set out in the charter by initiatives that educate/ influence the wider community, getting ownership of actions using: a. established events (e.g. Greenbuild) b. established groups (e.g. schools, local flood resilience groups) c. novel communication methods d. working alongside other initiatives/ events.
01-Sep-20
to
30-Jun-21
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75%
In Progress
High
4.1.5 Monitor and review the implementation of the Environmental Charter and Action Plan
Monitor the implementation of the Environmental Charter and the effectiveness of the actions undertaken to deliver it, then review the implementation of the Charter and Action Plan.
20-Jun-21
to
30-Jun-23

Objective 2: Developing and implementing a new Local Plan

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Planned
High
4.2.1 Formulate a local plan that supports the transition to a low-carbon future
Formulate a local plan that supports the transition to a low-carbon future and helps shape places, through climate change mitigation (reducing harmful emissions) and adaptation (responding to the impacts of climate change), taking into account flood risk, coastal change, biodiversity, landscape and the important environmental characteristics of the District.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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100%
Completed
High
4.2.2 Protect and enhance the natural and built environment
Formulate, implement and monitor policies and projects that protect and enhance the natural and built environment of the District, its local distinctiveness, biodiversity, contribution to the quality of life of residents and the role they play in boosting the local economy; working with local communities to develop projects to achieve this.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-20

Objective 3: Measure the Council's baseline carbon footprint & deliver a carbon neutral position by 2030

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16%
In Progress
High
4.3.1 Baseline carbon audit and carbon reduction action plan
Undertake a baseline carbon audit and formulate a carbon reduction action plan to set out: * the actions that can be implemented in the short-term to reduce carbon emissions from Council’s activities * the trajectory needed to reduce emissions to zero by 2030 * the longer-term activities and investments necessary to maintain the identified course.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-23
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70%
In Progress
High
4.3.2 Carbon impact evidenced in processes for decision making and report writing
Ensure that the carbon impact of all activities are evidenced in all relevant decisions by establishing new processes/procedures for decision making and report writing.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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50%
In Progress
High
4.3.3 Measure, monitor and report on the change in the Council’s emissions and review action plan
Measure, monitor and report on the change in the Council’s emissions periodically (using a recognised methodology/ toolkit) and review the carbon reduction action plan accordingly.
01-Jun-20
to
31-Dec-23
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0%
Planned
High
4.3.4 ‘Green energy’ initiatives
Work with partners to establish and support ‘green energy’ initiatives (for environmental and/or investment purposes).
01-Sep-20
to
31-Dec-21

Objective 4: Continuing to Take a Lead Role Nationally in Coastal Management Initiatives

Recognising our Position as a “Frontline” Authority in Meeting the Challenge of Rising Sea Levels

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15%
In Progress
Normal
4.4.1 Agree the vision and business plan for Coastal Partnership East
Agree the vision and business plan for Coastal Partnership East (CPE) in addressing the coastal management challenges.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Jun-21
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45%
In Progress
High
4.4.2 Establish evidence of coastal change impacts, interpret and communicate this to policymakers
Establish evidence of coastal change impacts (e.g. from Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs), monitoring information and data gathering), interpret and communicate this to policy makers and stakeholders.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-21
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20%
In Progress
High
4.4.3 Local coastal communities - adaptive responses to coastal change and resilience
Engage local coastal communities in the development of appropriate adaptive responses to coastal change and resilience.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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20%
In Progress
High
4.4.4 Develop innovative coastal management approaches
Develop innovative coastal management approaches to: a. technical solutions (e.g. sandscaping) b. policy c. funding
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-23
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50%
In Progress
High
4.4.5 Continue to implement local actions to manage the coast
Continue to implement local actions to manage the coast, including: adaptation, maintenance of defences and innovative coastal management schemes (such as sandscaping).
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-23
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50%
In Progress
High
4.4.6 Share best practice and seek to influence national policy regarding coastal management
 
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-23

Objective 5: Planting 110,000 trees - one for each resident to help offset our carbon emissions

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25%
In Progress
High
4.5.1 Collect and analyse data relevant to the tree planting project
Collect and analyse data, including identification of net benefits and opportunities, locational characteristics and data gaps. This is an ongoing piece of work that will continuously be developed over the next few years.
01-Apr-20
to
31-Dec-23
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60%
In Progress
High
4.5.2 Plan tree planting programme
Formulate ideas, look at best practice, undertake options appraisal/ cost-benefit analysis, implementation methods and identify key partners, with alternative options and contingencies in order that target is met.
01-Jun-20
to
30-Jun-21
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60%
In Progress
High
4.5.3 Tree planting - Engage communities to identify the optimal approach and garner support
Engage communities at proposed planting sites to identify the optimal approach and garner support.
01-Jun-20
to
30-Jun-21
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25%
In Progress
High
4.5.4 Tree planting implementation
Implement, together with partner organisations, community groups and other interested parties
01-Oct-20
to
31-Dec-22

Objective 6: Introducing Electric vehicle charging facilities

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80%
In Progress
High
4.6.1 Installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points
Develop a delivery plan for early installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points on the Council owned car parks and at Council offices, then install the agreed 34 initial charging points (to demonstrate leadership). Outcome Completion of 34 charge points
04-Feb-20
to
30-Jun-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.6.2 Assess demand/ growth in the use of electric vehicles and roll-out of further charging points
Gather data on demand and potential growth in the use of electric vehicles and its impact upon emissions, then develop a business case for the potential further roll-out of charging points.
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.6.3 Include policies on EV and EV infrastructure in the Local Plan and in asset management plans
Include policies on EV and the associated infrastructure in the emerging Local Plan and in appropriate asset management plans.
28-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21
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40%
In Progress
High
4.6.4 Review staff/member travel policies and future options that will reduce emissions
Review staff/member travel policies and future options that will reduce emissions (e.g. electric pool cars, car loan incentives, flexible working, video conferencing and cycling incentives).
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.6.5 Communicate the advantages and opportunities of using electric vehicles
Communicate information about the advantages of using electric vehicles, the Council’s role in promoting it and the opportunities for individuals and fleets to transition from fossil fuels. Promote at Greebuild 2020
04-Feb-20
to
30-Sep-21

Objective 7: Waste Collection

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100%
Completed
High
4.7.1 Implement the waste contract
 
04-Feb-20
to
30-Jun-20
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0%
Planned
High
4.7.2 Waste & cleansing contract - investigate going beyond the minimum necessary
Establish evidence and evaluate options for going beyond the minimum necessary, including: a. waste reduction measures (including incentives such as grants (e.g. a sustainable community grant scheme)) b. educating consumers about the consequences of their actions/ behaviours c. becoming an exemplar in waste reduction and using recycled materials.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Mar-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.7.3 Targeted campaigns to reduce consumption and waste
Develop and implement targeted campaigns to educate and influence the consumption and waste practices of residents, communities and local businesses.
01-Apr-20
to
31-Mar-21
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100%
Completed
High
4.7.4 Establish waste data collection systems analyses
Establish data collection systems to understand all forms of consumption, recycling and re-use, and understand the local waste streams (waste composition analyses); then collect, analyse, interpret and report upon local waste production and disposal rates, trends and trajectories.
01-Jun-20
to
31-Mar-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.7.5 Implement local community waste reduction measures
Implement local community waste reduction measures, e.g. community fridges.
04-Feb-20
to
31-Dec-21
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0%
Planned
High
4.7.6 Investigate and implement reduced carbon footprint options within the waste contract
Investigate how the new waste contract can be operated with a reduced carbon footprint and implement feasible options.
01-Apr-20
to
30-Jun-22