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Date published: 19th November 2021

Between November 1-12, alongside COP26, North Norfolk District Council was delighted to host our first virtual Greenbuild event.

It was a huge success, with over 600 households tuning in, (some even from as far as Australia!) and engaging with some fascinating speakers and workshops.

We would like to thank our amazing hosts who delivered some inspirational and informative talks. Some sparked debate, such as our “Big Talk,” in which presenter Chris Packham spoke passionately about his thoughts on the climate crisis, some got the creative juices flowing, including our tree drawing workshop with Karin Eklund, and others injected a healthy dose of positivity in these troubling times, thanks to Dr Ella Gilbert, who spoke about climate optimism.

The feedback has been hugely encouraging, with many attendees expressing how much they enjoyed learning about the various topics and how they are committing to making changes in their own lives to help fight climate change and protect our environment.

However, with this in mind, there is still much work to be done. NNDC’s Environment Forum presented the Council’s Carbon Reduction Strategy with Net Zero East, which outlined how we are going to fulfil our commitment to ensuring that our own operations achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Our indicative carbon baseline for 2018/19 was 6633 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (across our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions). That’s like every NNDC staff member taking four round trips to Sydney each year.

This figure places us somewhere roughly in the middle among other councils in the UK, and our target to achieve net zero by 2030 is certainly ambitious. However, as one of the first local government bodies in Norfolk to declare a climate emergency back in 2019, we accept our responsibility to be bold in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and be the leaders of change as the effects of global warming are felt more keenly every day.

A three-phase plan has been formulated. Phase one involves the Council looking at how we are going to decarbonise our own operations and estates. Phase two will seek to lead the wider decarbonisation agenda across the District. Phase three will look at how we as an organisation can empower others to make a difference and reduce their own carbon footprint. This work cannot be done in isolation, and will involve collaborating and consulting with a wide range of stakeholders from private, public and third sectors.

Most of our Greenbuild sessions were recorded, including our carbon reduction presentation and our Environmental Charter can be viewed here.

Cllr Nigel Lloyd, NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Climate Change and Environment commented: "Greenbuild was a truly brilliant event that allowed us to shine a light on a range of climate change and environmental issues, where we asked big questions like ‘what does the future hold for North Norfolk?' to smaller, yet pertinent discussions such as ‘what can I do to reduce my own impact on the environment?' The events were thought provoking and helped us collectively to understand what a brighter, greener more sustainable North Norfolk might look like."

In light of the success we will be exploring how to host our future events, be that in-person as in previous years, online or some form of hybrid, so do keep an eye out for future announcements.

Last updated: 28th February 2022