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Other environmental issues

19 August 2015

In addition to the programmes, policies and strategies covered below, the council is also engaged in issues such as:

Water scarcity

In England, the average person uses about 150 litres of water a day – that’s about a tonne a week! This is water that has been cleaned, treated and pumped from reservoirs, rivers and aquifers, and too much of it still leaks out of pipes before it ever gets into the home.
Essex is particularly prone to drought, being located in one of the driest parts of the UK.
Development of mitigation strategies is on-going. For more information please see your individual supplier websites.

Eco Schools  

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Their mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.

Energy saving initiatives

As part of Essex County Council’s commitment to meeting several environmental targets, the council is working with a range of partners to deliver several initiatives with the aim of reducing individual and household energy use. 

Energy monitor loan

Energy monitors, which enable households to monitor electricity use, are available for hire from all libraries and mobile libraries across the county.
The monitors can to be reserved in the same way as other products, and help households identify areas where energy savings can be made. Monitors are free to borrow and take about 5 minutes to set up.

Energy saving advice

Essex County Council recommends the free and impartial advice accessible through the Energy Saving Trust.
The advice available through the Trust enables people to reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient, both when in the home and when travelling.
Additionally, the Trust can help to identify grants and funds designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient, and Essex County Council actively encourages residents to make use of the grants available.