Essex residents can save on energy bills and cut carbon emissions with solar panel group-buying scheme

Mon, 23/01/2023 - 12:26

Group buying scheme helps homeowners achieve the right price for a high-quality installation from pre-approved installers.

From today (23 January 2023) residents can register for Solar Together Essex, the group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.  The scheme is also open to small and medium businesses and small community buildings.  

Tendring school to revamp pond area thanks to Climate Action Challenge Fund

Tue, 17/01/2023 - 15:01

Great Clacton C of E Junior School has been awarded £6,774.61 from Essex County Council’s Climate Action Challenge Fund to help the school regenerate a disused pond and restore wildlife.

A disused pond area at a Tendring junior school will be brought back to life, thanks to Essex County Council’s (ECC) Climate Action Challenge Fund.  

Great Clacton C of E Junior School will use a total of £6,774.61 of grant funding from ECC to restore the pond area, helping children to learn more about the natural environment and develop a love of nature.

Successful county council bid brings £1m active travel capability funding to Essex

Mon, 16/01/2023 - 13:23

Money to be used to plan further active travel networks for more walking and cycling in county.

Families, commuters and school children in Essex will be encouraged to take up active travel habits this year as a result of Government funding recently awarded to Essex County Council.

The £1 million Capability Funding will be used to plan and develop walking and cycling networks over the next 10 years.

Businesses invited to attend free Ambitious Essex Innovation Summit

Fri, 13/01/2023 - 11:22


Free event in Braintree on Friday 27 January will help make Essex a more innovative place to do business.

The Ambitious Essex Innovation Summit 2023 is taking place at the Plaza Enterprise & Innovation Centre in Braintree on Friday 27 January.

The free, half-day event, will enable local businesses to hear from innovation experts, find out how to access innovation funding and share their experiences.

Guests can attend in-person or online via the hybrid provision.

Sign the Essex Food Waste Pledge for your chance to win

Mon, 09/01/2023 - 11:42

Local authorities across Essex have come together to tackle food waste in our county.

Love Essex has launched its 2023 flagship ‘Love Essex, Love Food’ campaign in a bid to reduce food waste in the county.

In Essex, food waste currently makes up roughly 25% of the waste found in the general rubbish.

Not only is this contributing to climate change, but it’s also a huge waste of money.

Did you know, the average Essex household wastes £60 a month by throwing away food that could have been eaten?

Save on travel with £2 single fares with DigiGo

Thu, 22/12/2022 - 11:47

On-demand electric minibus service to participate in Government’s Bus Fare Cap Grant from January to March, 2023.

Residents of Essex can save money when using the on-demand electric minibus service, DigiGo, in 2023, thanks to a new Government initiative.  

DigiGo has announced it will be participating in the Government’s Bus Fare Cap Grant (BFCG) from 1 January until 31 March 2023.

This means that all single tickets will be capped at just £2, making it easier to access social, employment, health or education opportunities.

Exclusive climate network joined by Essex County Council

Mon, 19/12/2022 - 15:26

Net zero Essex by 2050 and a £200m Essex Climate Action Plan are fundamental ambitions for Essex County Council, as leader Kevin Bentley signs the UK100 Membership Pledge.

The leader of Essex County Council (ECC) has set out the authority’s continued commitment to tackle climate change by signing up to the UK100.

New reuse opportunity at recycling centres to support those in need

Tue, 13/12/2022 - 16:01

Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Harlow Recycling Centres now have donation points for residents to drop off their unwanted larger electrical appliances for the Lighthouse Furniture Project.

A new partnership between Essex County Council (ECC) and the Lighthouse Furniture Project has been launched giving residents new opportunities to donate electrical items for repair and reuse.

Residents visiting Brentwood, Chelmsford and Harlow Recycling Centres can now donate larger electrical appliances for repair and reuse and distribution amongst those in need.

Fully funded training available to support green careers

Wed, 07/12/2022 - 15:37

Following over 200 fully funded training places last year, Essex County Council has secured £189,150 to deliver further retrofit training in 2023.

Residents are invited to sign up to fully funded retrofit courses. Training is available at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and will support those who are just starting their retrofit journey, as well as those looking to progress in their career.