Welcome to the Essex Climate Action Commission website. Here you will find information about the Commission and its work, as well as news concerning the environment and climate action across Essex.

The Commission released its report Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral on 20 July 2021. The report can be found on the Reports page. If you missed the online event that was held to mark the launch of the report, a recording is available on the Launch Event page.

“Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” – litter-picking equipment now available for residents to borrow in Essex

Essex County Council (ECC) — in collaboration with district, borough and city councils —has launched a new countywide campaign to tackle litter in parks, green spaces and high streets.

The “Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” campaign will encourage residents to dispose of litter correctly, or take rubbish home with them.   

Residents can now borrow litter-picking equipment for free from their local council, library or country park. Residents can also borrow equipment from local sports clubs, thanks to funding from Active Essex’s ‘Find Your Active’ campaign and Love Essex.

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Green skills review to lay foundations for a greener Essex economy

Essex County Council (ECC) and the Essex Climate Action Commission (ECAC) have announced the appointment of Mace Group to carry out a review of Essex’s green skills.

The ‘green economy’ is a vital and growing sector, and Essex is well positioned to attract many more businesses in the future. It is crucial that Essex residents have the opportunity to gain the right skills, in order to take advantage of these jobs. 

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Avoid energy bill shock this winter by registering for the Essex Energy Switch

Avoid Bill shock this winter by joining with thousands of county households in fixing your monthly payment with Essex Energy Switch.

The Essex Energy Switch is a county wide collective energy switching campaign, organised by Essex County Council, to help county residents take the hassle out of searching for deals.

Residents can register for the Essex Energy Switch until 12 October. Registration for the Essex Energy Switch is free and only takes five minutes.

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Essex Forest Initiative secures £300k for trees

Efforts from the Essex Forest Initiative have recently been given a significant boost, thanks to the Forestry Commission, with the award of £300k funding for trees.

The Local Authority Treescape Fund is grant funding from the Forestry Commission to support tree planting outside of woodlands. It focusses on settings such as hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, riverbanks, roads and footpaths.

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COP26 Zero Carbon Battle Bus stops off in Essex

Wednesday 1 September saw the COP26 Carbon Battle Bus arrive in Essex, as it makes its way across the country in the build up to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, taking place in Glasgow in November.

The bus stopped off at the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt in Braintree where an event was held by the Essex Climate Action Commission. The event showcased some of the action that is being taken both around the county and locally in Braintree in the fight against climate change.

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