How does your parish, town, street and home get to Net Zero?

The simplest solution is to cut carbon emissions by as much as possible in our everyday activities.

We need to try and switch from using polluting technologies to cleaner, greener ones. This could be the cars we drive, how we heat our home or how we commute to work.

The first step is to work out what we will need to change to reduce the current levels of emissions down to Net Zero.

How can Leiston become the first Net Zero community?

The first step is to work out what we will need to change to reduce the current levels of emissions down to Net Zero.

The initial work shows that the key challenges will be reducing emissions from cars, heating and powering our homes and businesses.

We are going to make a start now, by looking at how we can use low carbon energy and reduce the energy used at home. We will work initially with a small number of residents to use more low carbon energy, and improve the efficiency of their homes with insulation, energy-efficient lighting and other ways to use less energy and save on bills.

We are also drafting a route map to show how it is possible for the parish to achieve Net Zero. This will be written by our partner engineers and experts – but we want it to be informed by you, the people living and working in Leiston-cum-Sizewell.

Route map

The route map for Net Zero Leiston (NZL) is the key deliverable of the project. This will illustrate the fully engineered path for Leiston to reach Net Zero emissions and enable other towns to replicate this project and take ownership of their own path to tackling harmful climate change.

The Net Zero Leiston project has mobilised a working group of engineering, clean-energy experts to create the route map, which will be collaborative and open-source, ensuring complete transparency and replicability. The robustness and integrity of the route map and project approach sets NZL apart from others.

The route map will:

  • Define what we mean by ‘Net Zero’
  • Define the boundary for Leiston plus surrounding rural areas for the project to work within
  • Assess the baseline carbon emissions of Leiston
  • Assess the local land use, land use change and forestry in Leiston through human activity
  • Highlight thoroughly engineered options required to take this town to Net Zero​

The route map will include a social value framework to ensure Net Zero Leiston is a just transition; a catalyst for social mobility in the area.

In addition, a funding model making use of relevant public financing opportunities as well as private investors and sponsors will be designed as part of the route map. The funding model will be replicable by other towns to achieve their Net Zero ambitions​.

Key to the success of the project is the development of the pipeline of Net Zero products and services, and pitching these as ideas to the community. Together, the project can then identify a socially acceptable transition for the town that works for everyone. Net Zero Leiston is community-led from the start and will transition to a community-owned model when the route map is complete and the path for the town is clear.