• Chelmsford will be establishing reliable, objective ways to measure the Council's carbon emissions, so it is clear whether targets are being met.
  • Harlow will encourage HTS to switch over from petrol and diesel plant and machinery to electric ones.
  • Southend is planning to build Energy Efficiency Measures across their own Property Estate, households in the Borough and is working towards building Energy Efficiency Measures across Local Businesses.
Colchester, Southend & Uttlesford
  • Colchester, Southend and Uttlesford pledge to take steps to ensure the council's future electricity supply is provided by 100% local renewably generated sources and will continue to review their estate and assets to investigate means of increasing energy efficiency of heating, lighting and cooling systems.
  • Uttlesford to increase local renewable energy generation and the energy efficiency of homes and offices, as well as zero carbon emissions across their estate.
  • Uttlesford pledges to introduce carbon offsetting of emissions and will work to prevent the impacts of climate change from disproportionately harming the most vulnerable.
  • Feering has declared a Climate emergency within the parish council, and has pledged to improve biodiversity in their controlled open spaces, reduce single use plastic consumption, increase recycling opportunities and infrastructure.
  • Colchester will work to improve the procurement processes to ensure that suppliers support carbon neutral ambitions, for example through specification development and selection processes, in line with the Council’s wider commitment to delivering social value.
  • Colchester Borough Council plans to commission and undertake macro-level scenario analysis, to overlay national and Council-level trends & policies to map CBC’s emissions out to 2030 and will perform pathway modelling to identify priority focus areas for the Council.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will report its carbon footprint annually, both internally and externally. This will ensure that the RTPI is transparent and accountable with respect to its emissions, and that the climate ambition of the organisation is maintained as a priority.
  • RTPI will undertake an energy audit of the London office to identify opportunities for efficiency gains. Opportunities may include improved office temperature control and reduced screen and printer idle time, they might also include the implementation of energy efficient lighting, upgraded insulation, and energy efficient windows etc. This action is complementary to Action Four: Switch to a green energy tariff.
  • RTPI will implement a Climate Action Pledge System: implement a climate action pledge system to provide employees, volunteers and members with the opportunity to pledge to act to reduce their personal and professional emissions. These might include SMART pledge statements such as ‘I will reduce my home energy use by 10%’.
South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) will stimulate and promote opportunities that contribute to a zero-carbon society, such as increasing renewable energy clusters, adapting to resource efficient ways of operating and encouraging the transport revolution. These activities will help to deliver its Tri-LEP South2East Local Energy Strategy, encourage the growth of the low carbon sector for jobs, skills and prosperity, and help to deliver on the Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution.
  • SELEP will be supporting innovation in green energy and technologies, including through its Freeports; supporting the development of renewable energy infrastructure and low carbon technologies and behaviours; and working with partners to ensure that new developments protect and enhance our natural resources to deliver social and environmental benefit.
  • SELEP will be rebuilding the economy in a way that helps reducing carbon emissions by growing the low carbon and renewable energy sectors to support the transition to net-zero.
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT)
  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust will significantly improve resilience and lead to a reduction in energy failures. This coupled with a positive change to the site atheistic and working conditions, delivers a positive impact for patients and staff.  
Simarco Worldwide Logistics
  • Simarco Worldwide Logistics pledge to minimise adverse environmental impact created by its presence, its buildings and operations through water conservation measures and electric Material Handling Equipment fleet. This includes the development of a carbon neutral southern hub within 3-5 years.
  • During 2021 Simarco plan to introduce LED lighting at its Witham HQ which will reduce its electricity consumption by up to 60%.
University of Essex
  • The University of Essex is planning a solar PV project which would see it install additional roof-mounted solar panels at nine locations on its Colchester campus, with the potential to generate circa 720,000kWh of its own electricity, saving approximately 276 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Environment Agency
  • Nationally the Environment Agency has an ambition to become a net zero organisation by 2030 – this means that by 2030 it will aim to balance the carbon emissions it produces with those it takes out of the atmosphere so that it is no longer contributing to climate change. By 2050, it will also explore how to become an ‘absolute zero’ organization – one that does not produce any carbon emissions at all.
Essex & Suffolk Water
  • Essex & Suffolk Water, which is part of Northumbrian Water Group, takes climate change very seriously, and it strongly supports the work of the Essex Climate Action Commission to help Essex reach net zero by 2050.  Since the whole company established a carbon management plan in 2009, it has already reduced emissions from its operations by more than 50%, and it is committed to be net zero by 2027.
  • Willmott Dixon Construction has pledged to be Net Zero in all their operations by 2030 without carbon offsetting and this includes the buildings they create. This is all under their new 2030 sustainability strategy called ‘Now or Never’, which sets out their commitments in three sections: Brilliant Buildings, Building Lives and Better Planet.
  • Willmott Dixon Construction will have no direct emissions from its day-to-day operations by eliminating fossil fuel use in its offices and on its sites, moving to a 100% electric fleet and continuing to only procure certified natural renewable energy.
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT)
  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust will reduce carbon emissions by 3529 tonnes per annum at the current emissions rate, thus advancing the Trust’s and NHS’ commitment to “carbon net zero” and the Trust’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Barling Magna School
  • Barling Magna School has received a Salix loan to change all of its lighting over to LED with the aim that the savings to the fuel bills will cancel out the cost of the loan.