Leiston Town Council
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council covers the administrative area of Leiston-cum-Sizewell, with a population of about 5,800 people. The council works closely with both East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council to manage the town’s affairs. Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council are also represented by the Leiston Together group, which is an enabling partnership board consisting of democratically elected District and Town Councillors (including District Council Cabinet members).
Helen Greengrass, Town Clerk for Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council, represents the community of Leiston as part of the Net Zero Leiston working group, providing unique local insight and knowledge to ensure the success of the project.
East Suffolk Council
East Suffolk Council covers a geographical location from Felixstowe and the outskirts of Ipswich in the south, to Bungay and across to Lowestoft in the north.
In July 2019, all East Suffolk councillors voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency, making the environment a top priority for the council. As a direct result of the climate emergency declaration, a cross-party Environment Task Group was established and set a target is to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. The council recognises that one of the most important aspects of being environmentally responsible is communicating with, and listening to, local communities and town/parish councils. To improve the environment, we must all work together in partnership and increase personal choice and responsibility.
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk County Council carries out local government services for the whole of Suffolk. It is responsible for major services which are provided countywide. These include education and learning, environment, leisure and culture, public safety, registrars, social care, trading standards and transport and streets.
Suffolk County County has an ambition to make Suffolk the UK’s greenest county. The plan is to enhance Suffolk’s natural and historic environment, and respond to climate change. The partnership behind Creating the Greenest County provides an umbrella for many existing projects but also encourages further recognition and resourcing of them, and seeks to inspire further actions in communities, businesses and schools.
Atkins is a leading global design, engineering and planning consultancy. Atkins provides expert support to the energy industry to help transform the potential of existing infrastructure, as well as new resources and technology, to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy. Atkins has demonstrated wider leadership in the Net Zero space with their 2019 report Engineering Net Zero.
Atkins is leading the overall consultancy input to the project, working towards the overall Net Zero route map for the district of Leiston. This has included setting the study boundary, defining Net Zero, baselining carbon emissions and setting out the infrastructure base case for the area.
Martin Gray is leading the overall Atkins team for the study, coordinating input from our subject matter experts on energy, carbon, transport and environment.
Energy Systems Catapult (ESC)
ESC is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence set up to accelerate the UK’s transformation to a low carbon energy system, and to ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. It takes a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers to decarbonise the energy system at least cost.
ESC has supported NZL with expert consultancy to help ensure that the needs of households in vulnerable circumstances are at the heart of decision making for the project.
Dr. Rose Chard is a prominent advocate for a fair and just transition to a low carbon energy system, and her experience in consumer insight has been invaluable in the development of the project.
Opergy is an East Anglian-based clean energy consultancy which connects businesses with experts to offer key insights to optimise business performance, and develop new and innovative low carbon technologies and solutions to tackle climate change. Opergy have facilitated more than £7bn investment in regional clean energy projects and businesses.
Opergy has enabled new connections to the NZL project across the region and has contributed to several chapters for the route-map, including views on the counterfactual to the NZL project – what would happen if NZL didn’t go ahead; alignment against local to international climate policy; and scoping a range of community-focused solutions that will contribute to reaching Net Zero.
Johnathan Reynolds is on the board of the New Anglia LEP and is a champion of the region’s clean energy ambitions and ensuring the path to Net Zero is clear.
Carbone4 is a world-renowned carbon accountancy expert, focussing on the key carbon and climate issues affecting businesses. It is a specialised consultant in low carbon strategy and climate change adaptation. Carbone4 devised the carbon accounting standard for the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and have further contributed to better understanding of carbon impacts for businesses, recently through the Net Zero Initiative, to define what carbon neutrality means for companies: http://www.carbone4.com/publication-referentiel-nzi/?lang=en
Carbone4 is helping to ensure that NZL methodology is robust by both UK and world standards, and has provided expert input to the chapters forming the route-map already.
Staffan is an engineer and expert consultant on clean energy projects globally. His authorship of A Bright Future demonstrates his commitment to researching and highlighting the impacts of climate change and the potential solutions.
Staffan is supporting the NZL project by helping to explore innovative uses of local energy infrastructure to assist the ambitions of the project and providing input to the route map chapters.
Ikigai is leading the financial feasibility of the integrated energy and transport solutions proposed for the project and will be responsible for structuring an investable business case and sourcing investors to allow the deployment of the technologies that will make Leiston the first Net Zero town in the UK.
London-based Ikigai acts as a Net Zero Bankability advisor to deliver investable solutions for the Energy Transition and positions itself as the bridge between technology, industry, government and investors.
Co-founders Helena Anderson and Roberto Castiglioni are leading the deal, providing bankability and financial feasibility insights, supporting the deployment of technologies and their integration within the NZL project.
EDF is the UK’s largest generator of low-carbon electricity. Around a fifth of the UK’s electricity is generated by EDF’s five nuclear power stations, helping power our homes and businesses. EDF is investing in reliable low-carbon nuclear, alongside wind and solar power, to create a balanced energy mix and cut out polluting coal and gas. EDF operates the Sizewell B power station, located a few miles from Leiston. Sizewell B alone supplies around 3% of the UK’s energy demand.
EDF is always looking to new ways to apply new technologies and ways of working to help build a brighter energy future for the UK. Its programmes focus on coupling advances in science and engineering with new digital innovations. EDF has partnered with DriveElectric to provide affordable electric vehicles for customers, for example. EDF attempts to produce affordable energy in a sustainable way, which includes protecting vulnerable customers.
EDF is providing the overall project management for Net Zero Leiston, as well as providing expert input to the potential low carbon options to decarbonise Leiston.
Sizewell C, a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has the potential to generate the reliable low carbon electricity the country needs for decades to come. It will also make a lasting positive difference to the economy in the east of England. The project is being led by EDF.
On 20 July 2022, the Secretary of State granted Sizewell C its Development Consent Order. The announcement followed four rounds of public consultation which began in 2012 and involved more than 10,000 East Suffolk residents. Construction of the plant is aimed to start in 2024, after a Final Investment Decision has been reached. Once operational, Sizewell C could produce around 7% of current UK demand in low carbon power.
The Sizewell C project has provided some seed funding and project support, as well as useful contacts and partners, to help launch the Net Zero Leiston project alongside the Leiston community.