Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow & Uttlesford
  • Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow and Uttlesford are pledging to plant more trees. With Colchester pledging 200,000 trees by 2024 and Harlow 1,000 in the next year.
  • Chelmsford plans to establish a new 'green wedge' through the Chelmer River Valley and will be creating new natural open spaces and country parks in North East Chelmsford and Sandon.
  • Colchester intends to work with partners to develop a vision for the upper, middle, and lower River Colne that prioritises its value as a unique natural asset to be carefully utilised, protected and enhanced.
Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Colchester & Southend
  • Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Colchester, and Southend all pledges to work on protecting and expanding natural habitats and biodiversity and to take action to reduce the risk of flooding to the area. Uttlesford intends for any new development to be built with Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes, with no new homes built in flood plains.
  • Feering has pledged to raise awareness of Climate Change within the parish councils, improve biodiversity in their controlled open spaces, reduce the Parish Councils’ carbon footprint, reduce single use plastic consumption, increase recycling opportunities and infrastructure.
National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • The National Farmers Union has set a target of net zero carbon by 2040 for English and Welsh agriculture which is a pledge across the farming industry.
  • All members have been encouraged to make their own pledges as to where they think they can get to towards net zero because ability to achieve net zero by a certain time depends on farm type and other relevant variables.
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, through the Old Hall Marshes Pump renovation, will provide more efficient use of freshwater abstraction, leading to greater resilience in dry winters, creating better conditions in spring for key species.
  • Old Hall Marshes habitat improvement project will create new scrapes, footdrains, installation of solar pumps, repairing of historical but damaged crossing points to enable better and more efficient use of water across the marshes and adapt the site to drier longer summers and other predicated impacts of climate change including increased storminess.
  • Horsey Island recharge project will be looking to recharge an existing beach with sand and gravels from Harwich Haven Authority capital dredge to increase the resilience of the most important little tern colony in Essex to climate change and predicated sea level rise.
  • Old Hall Saline adaption project will be looking to adapt a 70ha block of Old Hall marshes to expected increased saline incursions from sea level rise and climate change ensuring that any climate driven changes provide the best outcomes for nature.
  • Southend pledges to build and increase the climate resilience of Southend’s urban landscape and coastline and deliver a new Climate Leadership/Green City Training Programme.
  • Southend pledges to build and increase the climate resilience of its urban landscape and coastline and deliver a new Climate Leadership/Green City Training Programme.
Uttlesford
  • Uttlesford will work towards improving drought and heat resilience in the district and begin rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling to reduce water consumption.
  • Willmott Dixon Construction Limited will have planted 100,000 trees, supporting its customers and their local communities to tackle climate change and create green spaces for people and nature.
  • Anglia Ruskin University will increase its research output related to sustainability, both in quality and volume, to ensure they are recognised for our world-leading innovation and impact as part of a new University wide Sustainable Futures Research and Innovation Theme.