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Environment and Rural

Government Office for the East of England (GO-East) promotes and supports the delivery of government policies on sustainable development, climate change and adaptation to environmental change within the region.

Government Offices promote sustainable development, protect the environment and help rural areas. We make sure the policies of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are implemented and properly integrated with the work of other Government departments. More information on the national picture

We seek to:

  • bring greater coherence to the delivery of Government policies and programmes to communities, including those facing particular issues in coastal and rural areas. 
  • to protect and enhance the natural environment and foster the better use of natural resources (such as energy, water and waste) recognising that these underpin economic and social success. 

We work in partnership and co-operation with regional agencies, local authorities and a range of regional, sub-regional and local partnerships that include the voluntary sector, business and the wider community.

Our environmental priorities in the East of England contribute towards the broader ambitions of sustainable development.

Within the region we are working with partners to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate, increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and increase recycling, enhance local environmental quality, improve leadership on natural environment issues, build a productive and sustainable food and farming sector and address the needs of rural and coastal communities.

Environment and Climate Change

  • Ensure sustainable development is a major consideration in all regional and local policies and programmes
  • Develop the Regional Sustainable Development Framework
  • Promote the Energy White Paper
  • Support environmental best practice among all businesses and public sector organisations
  • Work on a regional climate change action plan
  • Promote the government’s sustainable waste management programme across the region
  • Promote other government’s programmes in areas such as water, biodiversity, air quality and local environmental quality

Sustainable Food & Farming

We work closely with a wide range of local and regional and national partners to take forward the regional food and farming agenda, including promoting:

  • A thriving food and farming industry, with reduced impacts on the natural environment, which makes a positive contribution to reducing greenhouse gasses and is resilient and adapted to the impacts of climate change.
  • A balanced vision for a truly sustainable food system, prioritising the need for environmental management alongside that of increased food production.

Sustainable Rural Communities
By delivering these policies, we want to contribute positive outcomes that address regional disparities, improve the accessibility of services for rural people, reduce rural inequalities, improve rural economies, improve access to the countryside and protect the natural environment.

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Contact information

Environment for the Future Team
Government Office for the East of England
Shaftesbury Road
tel: 01223 372722
fax: 01223 372864
email: eftfteam@goeast.gsi.gov.uk

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