Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral

Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:15

The Essex Climate Action Commission is launching its report at this online event to mark the end of its first year advising Essex on how best to reach net zero.

Since it was established and met for the first time in May 2020, the Commission has been discussing what action it recommends the county of Essex should take in order to tackle climate change. This event will launch the report which will reveal the Commission’s key recommendations on a number of key themes:

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.

Enjoy a zero waste Valentine’s with these Essex-based businesses

Thu, 27/01/2022 - 14:28

From chocolate boxes to bunches of flowers, many Valentine’s gifts ultimately end up in the bin, contributing to the 45.8m tonnes of waste sent to UK landfills each year.

New chair of Essex Climate Action Commission signals action to reduce emissions in county

Thu, 25/11/2021 - 11:51

Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex is announced as new Chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission, the independent, voluntary body set up as part of Essex County Council’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and become a net zero emissions county.