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Good Environments

Population Outcome: People in Suffolk and North East Essex live in Good Environments

Having clean air, Sustainable products, practices and travel options are important to the population having good health. Air pollution, in particular, has a significant effect on public health, and poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.


Barometer Measure

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Mortality data - the contribution of air pollution

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Impact of changes in UK weather

Source: Met Office

The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Sustainability and Climate Change


Council News | Suffolk County Council

Air Quality Survey launches in Ipswich

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Published Evidence

Climate Change

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Air pollution

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Reducing the environmental impact of health and care

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Further Reading

Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I can minimise the impact of air pollution and climate change on my healthSupport to minimise exposure to air pollution and extreme temperatures helps me to stay well.
I can access the care I need even in extreme weather eventsDesigning and adapting health and care settings to cope with extreme heat, cold, wind and flooding means I can still get the care I need when I need it.
I can minimise my impact on the environmentAccess to lower carbon treatments and technologies means my carbon footprint is reduced.

Health and care providers recycling and reusing, and reducing waste, means my healthcare is more environmentally sustainable.

Having services available more locally or online reduces my need to travel, and where possible I can walk, cycle or use public transport instead.
I know my health and care is environmentally sustainableReduced and greener staff travel reduces their carbon footprint.

Equipment and facilities that are reusable and recyclable reduces waste.

Energy-efficient buildings reduce their carbon footprint and air pollution.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce the advice and support people at risk need to reduce the health impacts of climate change and air pollution.We will support and buy from organisations with environmentally sustainable products and ways of working.
We will ensure health and care services and buildings are accessible to those who need them even in extreme weather events.We will take measures to achieve cleaner air, for example in usage of medical gases, reducing staff and patient travel, and encourage use of active travel and greener vehicles.
We will operate in a greener way, reducing our waste and reusing and recycling wherever possible.We will ensure new buildings are more energy efficient.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies

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