County Council responds to Climate Action Commission interim report

Essex County Council’s (ECC) Cabinet formally agreed its response to the Climate Action Commission’s interim report today (16 March).

The Climate Action Commission was established in May 2020 in response to evidence that climate change is the single biggest issue currently facing Essex.

The Commission, which is cross-party, independent group chaired by Lord Randall, presented its interim report to ECC’s Cabinet at the end of last year. It is focused around key themes including: adapting to an already changing climate, transport and the built environment.

Since then, ECC officers have been reviewing the recommendations and priority areas for action – building on the extensive work already happening at pace to tackle climate change in Essex.

In today’s meeting, ECC’s Cabinet agreed to a range of climate mitigation initiatives, that include:

o a policy to transform its estate to have net zero greenhouse emissions by 2030
o the creation of an electric vehicle strategy for the county
o the setting up of a net zero innovation network
o the annual reporting of greenhouse emissions and climate resilience measures to ECC’s Cabinet.

Cabinet Members were also asked to note ECC’s current programme of climate action in response to the recommendations made in the interim report.

The final report from the Climate Action Commission will be published in summer 2021.

Last updated 16 March 2021