County Council awarded A grade rating for its climate action

Essex has been rated as one of the best places in the world when it comes to tackling global warming.

Top marks have been given to Essex County Council for its work on climate action by being awarded an ‘A-Rating’ by CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The environmental impact organisation, CDP, has recognised Essex as one of only 122 locations across the globe taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the pressures of a challenging global economic situation.

One of 19 UK local authority areas, Essex is the only county council in the UK to be awarded an A rating this year.

To achieve A list status the Council provided environmental data to CDP-ICLEI Track, the world’s leading climate change reporting platform.

Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a global network of local governments committed to tackling climate change. Essex County Council is one of just six UK members.

To score an A, a local authority must have both a climate adaptation plan and have published a climate action plan.

The Council’s Climate Czar, Cllr Peter Schwier, pictured above, said: “Being recognised globally for the climate action work in Essex is a huge accomplishment.

“Since it was unveiled in November 2021, our ambitious £200 million Climate Action Plan continues to be successfully executed as we continue our mission to become a net zero county by 2050.”

Speaking on this exciting achievement Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley said: “It fills me with great joy to see Essex receive global recognition for its fight against climate change.

“We are fully committed to tackling climate change and we have shown that by making environment one of four key focus areas in our Everyone’s Essex strategy to level up the county between 2021 and 2025.”

Set up by Essex County Council, the Essex Climate Action Commission published ‘Net zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral’ in July 2021.