Essex County Council colleagues boost climate change knowledge by completing Carbon Literacy training

Thu, 28/09/2023 - 15:42


ECC employees receive Carbon Literacy accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project

More employees at Essex County Council continue to enrol and receive their full Carbon Literacy accreditation.

Don’t waste the chance to have your say on the future of Essex waste management

Mon, 18/09/2023 - 15:48

Residents, businesses and organisations are invited to comment on proposals to rethink waste in Essex.

Residents, businesses and organisations can now have their say on ambitious plans for managing waste in Essex, as part of a new consultation.

The Essex Waste Partnership - the county and 12 district, city and borough councils in Essex - has drafted a new, joint waste strategy.

Residents can sign-up to renewable electricity and fix their tariff as the Essex Energy Switch returns

Tue, 12/09/2023 - 17:29

The Essex Energy Switch returns from Monday 4 September to make it easier to find a competitive deal and support renewable energy.


The Essex Energy Switch is back from Monday 4 September, helping local communities come together to take the hassle out of searching for a better energy rate and supporting renewable energy.


Since the scheme launched in 2014, thousands of people across the county have switched suppliers using the scheme, often saving hundreds of pounds on their energy bills. 


Green planning award received by Essex County Council

Wed, 30/08/2023 - 16:40

Building with Nature has recognised the Essex Green Infrastructure Standards with award.

New large-scale solar energy development to benefit net zero

Mon, 17/07/2023 - 13:10

Development consent for Longfield Solar Farm, a 500MW solar and battery storage facility, is granted.

Plans for a new solar energy and battery storage facility in Essex which will help to meet national and local net zero targets have moved forward.

Development consent for Longfield Solar Farm, a 500MW solar and battery storage facility located in Chelmsford, has been granted by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Ambitious retrofit training programme wins second award of the year

Mon, 10/07/2023 - 15:48

Essex retrofit programme receives its second award in the space of a month at the Unlock Net Zero Live Awards 2023.


The Harlow and Tendring Retrofit Pipeline for Economic Renewal programme received the ‘Collaboration of the year – knowledge building and research’ award at the Unlock Net Zero Live Awards 2023.


Essex County Council and the Retrofit Academy CIC received the award for their partnership work on the tailored programme, which saw more than 240 residents receive fully funded retrofit qualifications.


Climate Action at Prettygate Schools

Fri, 07/07/2023 - 10:31


Earlier this year, Prettygate Schools undertook a comprehensive three-phase project to help pupils access outdoor learning opportunities and connect to nature.

The project began with pupils from all year groups contributing to the planting of 2,158 trees over a three-day period to create a new forest school.

The trees were funded through the Essex Forest Initiative, an ambitious tree-planting project from Essex County Council (ECC) that will see 375,000 trees planted in the county between 2019 and 2024.

£5.27m secured to help create healthier streets

Mon, 05/06/2023 - 15:39

Schemes to create healthy streets in five parts of Essex will go ahead after Essex County Council bid to Government’s Active Travel Fund 4 is successful.

Funding of more than £5 million has been secured to change the look and feel of public places in Essex, creating space for residents to travel differently. 

By encouraging people to walk and cycle - perhaps just once a week – residents will have increased choice in how they travel, helping them improve their health, and even save money on their transport costs.

New environmental status awarded to Essex County Council

Tue, 30/05/2023 - 10:00

Carbon Literacy Project has awarded Bronze accreditation to the council.