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Funds for greener lives for Norfolk people

  • People across Norfolk are being asked how unlocking a multi-million pound fund could help them shape a greener future.
  • Funds could be released across the county within two years to turn low-carbon “climate smarter” ideas into reality with wind energy company Vattenfall
  • Young people, business and climate experts today call on the county to seize the opportunity for “a better tomorrow” by getting involved in the conversation started today.

Communities across Norfolk are being asked by offshore wind farm developer Vattenfall: “Tell us today how you’d like to shape a cleaner future”?

Villages, families, organisations, individuals, businesses, groups and societies are invited to join its work to set up a multi-million-pound community fund which could start to benefit Norfolk communities hosting its Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas wind farms as early as 2023. 

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Do you live in Norfolk? We’re asking people to share their ‘climate smart’ ideas.

The funds would be in place for the 25-30-year lifetime of the wind farm projects and designed to help communities make the changes needed to live “climate smart.”

Today, Vattenfall starts a six-week online survey to start the conversation. Feedback will be used to set priorities for how people want to see the funds flow.

Ideas could focus on:

- Low carbon travel and transport

- Education projects and improving life chances

- Community group activity to live better land tackle climate change

- Wildlife projects

Dr Catrin Ellis Jones, the Norfolk projects’ stakeholder and communications manager, said other Vattenfall projects had run similar successful funds.

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Dr Catrin Ellis Jones, the Norfolk projects’ stakeholder and communications manager

 “We look forward to working in Norfolk for the next three decades and, over that time, want to play our part in supporting communities to transition to low carbon living.”  

“We’re launching an open conversation today with a few simple but important questions – tell us what’s important to you and your community to thrive in a climate smarter world. What positive difference can you make in your community, supported by funding from our wind farms?” 

Ambassadors from across Norfolk are lending their voice to the launch of the conversation, with young people calling on people of all ages to take part in the survey “to make our future better.”  

The results will be published later this summer. 

People can get involved by visiting https://www.givemyview.com/norfolkzone or contacting 0800 019 3517 for a Freepost version. 

To view films of projects helped by a similar fund forVattenfall’s Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, Unlock Our Future, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/FoundationScotland

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