Essex unites in sending climate action messages to world leaders to mark start of COP26

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 15:27

Community, business and political leaders from across Essex joined together to discuss climate action and send handwritten and video messages to world leaders as part of ‘The Electric Road to COP26’ event at GRIDSERVE® Electric Forecourt in Braintree on Friday 29 October.

Essex set to become safer, greener and healthier

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 09:41

Exciting new measures to make it easier for residents to walk or cycle have been given the green light today following a decision by Essex County Council.

The new schemes are all part of ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier by making it easier and safer for residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion, cutting air pollution and improving residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” – litter-picking equipment now available for residents to borrow in Essex

Wed, 27/10/2021 - 17:12

Essex County Council (ECC) — in collaboration with district, borough and city councils —has launched a new countywide campaign to tackle litter in parks, green spaces and high streets.

The “Love it Here, Don’t Leave it Here” campaign will encourage residents to dispose of litter correctly, or take rubbish home with them.   

Residents can now borrow litter-picking equipment for free from their local council, library or country park. Residents can also borrow equipment from local sports clubs, thanks to funding from Active Essex’s ‘Find Your Active’ campaign and Love Essex.

Green skills review to lay foundations for a greener Essex economy

Fri, 08/10/2021 - 17:31

Essex County Council (ECC) and the Essex Climate Action Commission (ECAC) have announced the appointment of Mace Group to carry out a review of Essex’s green skills.

The ‘green economy’ is a vital and growing sector, and Essex is well positioned to attract many more businesses in the future. It is crucial that Essex residents have the opportunity to gain the right skills, in order to take advantage of these jobs. 

Avoid energy bill shock this winter by registering for the Essex Energy Switch

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 17:34

Avoid Bill shock this winter by joining with thousands of county households in fixing your monthly payment with Essex Energy Switch.

The Essex Energy Switch is a county wide collective energy switching campaign, organised by Essex County Council, to help county residents take the hassle out of searching for deals.

Residents can register for the Essex Energy Switch until 12 October. Registration for the Essex Energy Switch is free and only takes five minutes.

Essex Forest Initiative secures £300k for trees

Fri, 24/09/2021 - 15:55

Efforts from the Essex Forest Initiative have recently been given a significant boost, thanks to the Forestry Commission, with the award of £300k funding for trees.

The Local Authority Treescape Fund is grant funding from the Forestry Commission to support tree planting outside of woodlands. It focusses on settings such as hedgerows, parklands, urban areas, riverbanks, roads and footpaths.

COP26 Zero Carbon Battle Bus stops off in Essex

Tue, 07/09/2021 - 15:18

Wednesday 1 September saw the COP26 Carbon Battle Bus arrive in Essex, as it makes its way across the country in the build up to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, taking place in Glasgow in November.

The bus stopped off at the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt in Braintree where an event was held by the Essex Climate Action Commission. The event showcased some of the action that is being taken both around the county and locally in Braintree in the fight against climate change.

Essex Climate Action Commission launches report

Wed, 18/08/2021 - 09:41

On Tuesday 20 July, The Essex Climate Action Commission launched its long-awaited report, ‘Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral at an

Government Minister visits climate-conscious Essex classroom ahead of net zero event

Thu, 15/07/2021 - 13:44

The Minister of State for Media and Data in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has visited a primary school in Essex to see how the school is inspiring its young people to take action to safeguard the planet from the effects of climate change.

The Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP made the trip to Danbury Park Community Primary School on 9 July to mark the announcement of Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral, an online event on 20 July to launch the Essex Climate Action Commission’s report and recommendations for tackling climate change in the county.