All aboard the county’s first ever Climate Awareness Train!

Fri, 10/06/2022 - 17:28


The Essex Climate Action Commission teamed up with Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership to inspire the next generation of environment enthusiasts with the county’s first ever Climate Awareness Train on Sunday 22 May.

Developed alongside Essex County Council and Greater Anglia, the Climate Awareness Train has been created to help families understand local climate issues and ignite a passion for protecting our planet. The special event was also supported by Essex Forest Initiative, which pledged to plant a tree for each passenger aboard the train.

Essex Developers Group launch their Climate Action Charter making a commitment to become net-zero by 2030

Wed, 08/06/2022 - 15:08

With a four-fold aim to: securing global net-zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degree C within reach, adapting to protect communities and natural habitat, mobilising finance and working together; this Charter supports the  UK Government policy and their Net Zero Strategy – Building Back Greener  and the Essex Climate Action Commission report Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral.

Bike Week - Let's Pedal Our Way to Climate Action

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 15:21

Wondering what to do during Bike Week 2022? Take a look at Essex County Council’s Climate Action Advice Pack for Essex residents!

Inspired by RideLondon-Essex and the Women's Tour? Want to learn more about how you can get out on the bike more as part of living a more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle? Essex County Council and the Essex Climate Action Commission have partnered to launch an exclusive advice pack to help you get started.

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

Fri, 13/05/2022 - 11:15

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.

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

Wed, 11/05/2022 - 15:12

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.

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

Fri, 01/04/2022 - 18:00

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.

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

Mon, 28/03/2022 - 14:49

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.

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

Fri, 11/02/2022 - 10:03

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.

Highway Code changes reflect Essex County Council’s Safer, Greener, Healthier active travel campaign

Fri, 04/02/2022 - 18:21

People walking and cycling in Essex now have priority travel on roads and junctions after important changes to the Highway Code came into force on Saturday 29th January.