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.

Essex County Council outlines first year action taken to kickstart real change and further aims to create a better future for all county residents

Essex County Council has this week outlined the action it has taken, and continues to take, to create a better future for all county residents.

At a Full Council meeting of Essex County Council, Leader Cllr Kevin Bentley set out the action the council cabinet took within its first 100 days of being elected in May 2021. Cllr Bentley then outlined the council’s ongoing Everyone’s Essex strategy for the future.

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Review identifies 5,000 green skills job opportunities for residents across Essex

A new review identifying the green skills opportunities in Essex has been published by Essex County Council (ECC).

The County Council appointed Mace Group to conduct a review of the county’s green skills, as recommended by the independent Essex Climate Action Commission.

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Running of recycling centres to be brought in-house as Essex County Council builds a service fit for the future

Recycling centres and waste transfer stations in Essex will soon be operated directly by ECC, delivering a high quality, customer focused and sustainable service, which offers value for money to taxpayers.

Today (Friday 1st April), Veolia staff at ECC’s recycling centres and waste transfer stations have moved to being directly employed by the County Council, following a consultation with employees and the GMB Union.

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100,000,000 steps walked over six weeks for the first Safer Greener Healthier walking challenge

The first Safer, Greener, Healthier walking challenge launched by Essex County Council (ECC) in collaboration with walking app Go Jauntly on 10th January saw 628 people join the challenge.

This resulted in nearly 100,000,000 (one hundred million) steps being taken during the six-week period, the equivalent of 50,000 miles.

Participants signed up to walk 3,000 steps a day and the challenge received broad support across Essex with Chelmsford, Colchester and Brentwood having the most participants sign-up.

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Tree dedicated to Essex eco-champion at showcase nature recovery project

The Head of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation at Essex County Council, John Meehan, has been recognised as one of 26 UK-wide unsung eco champions who is taking pioneering action to tackle climate change and reverse nature’s decline.

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