Fri, 28 May | Microsoft Teams

Suffolk Growth workshop: Creating a Carbon Net Zero and environmentally friendly Visitor Economy in Suffolk

The second in the series of Suffolk Growth strategic development workshops.
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Suffolk Growth workshop: Creating a Carbon Net Zero and environmentally friendly Visitor Economy in Suffolk

Time & Location

28 May, 10:00 – 12:30
Microsoft Teams

About the Event

Suffolk Growth Partnership will be running a series of Strategic Development workshops and Innovation & Best Practice "twilight" workshops through 2021.

Our workshops are available to key stakeholders and practitioners working in the visitor economy, across public, private and community sectors. Our aim is to bring together individuals from the broad range of areas that contribute to our sector from travel, hospitality, retail and leisure, to culture, heritage and countryside to support sharing best practice, innovation, and development.

We also want to connect our visitor economy with the key strategic development areas that will support and enable sustainable growth of the sector, including areas of skills, transport, planning, environment and economic development.

Once you have registered for the event, you will a calendar invitation from Suffolk Growth Partnership and be added to our sign-up list. We will then send each registered attendee the agenda pack and any pre-reading materials a week in advance of the workshop.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Context to workshop:

In 2019 our Local Authority members all declared / acknowledged a ‘climate emergency’. As part of this, Suffolk’s public sector organisations are working together with partners across the county and region towards the aspiration of making the county of Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.

“Suffolk wants to be an exemplar in tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing its natural environment...to be the county with the greatest reduction in carbon emissions”.

A draft Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan has been produced and will be presented to Suffolk’s public sector leaders for approval next month. Delivery of the Plan will support central government’s commitment to a green economic recovery in Suffolk as well as addressing the urgent need to deal with the climate emergency.

Suffolk’s developing  Visitor Economy framework includes a cross cutting priority to enable sustainable growth and productivity through a focus on carbon net zero and an environmentally friendly sector. This ambition is shared within the developing Visit East of England Destination Management Prospectus promoting the East as a leading environmentally friendly, sustainable travel destination in the UK.

The recovery and growth of the visitor economy will see increasing visitor numbers and trips, domestic (and international in the future) as we develop the all year round experience and attractions across the region. The sector’s recovery and reset presents an opportunity to focus on developing sustainable clean growth sustainable and utilising this as part of our attractive brand for our visitor market. How can we use this carbon net zero thread as an opportunity to bring the sector together for a shared sector wide improvement ambition?

This strategic workshop facilitated by Suffolk Growth Partnership is supporting the development of a coordinated sector approach to achieving our carbon net zero ambition, while supporting sector growth and productivity.

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