Funding secured to help reach net zero

A photo of a woodland area.

We have secured more than £150,000 to help fight climate change and help us achieve our net zero ambitions.

In October 2022, we put two bids in to Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living programme fund, both of which were successful.

EssNet, which Essex leads, in partnership with UK Power Networks, the University of Essex, Power Circle and UK Community Works, will receive £77,000.

Shift to Net Zero, on which Essex is a delivery partner along with EnergyPro Ltd, Surrey County Council, Kent County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council, will receive £86,000.

The purpose of the funding is to support up to thirty areas develop a plan, with local authorities, to aid and accelerate their transition to net zero.

To receive funding, we had to showcase a deep understanding of how to deliver net zero projects, whilst also realising and considering potential opportunities and barriers.

Due to the successful bids, we can also apply for a phase two competition to earn further funding.

Essex County Council Climate Czar, Cllr Peter Schwier, said: “This latest success highlights the council’s ambition when it comes to fighting climate change.

“Our responsibility to reach net zero is not something we are taking lightly in Essex, as we constantly look to go above and beyond to ensure we reach our targets.”

Read more about our plans to tackle climate change in our Climate Action Plan.

See our progress so far in our Climate Action Annual Report.