New chair of Essex Climate Action Commission announced

New chair of Essex Climate Action Commission announced

The new chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission has been announced as University of Essex Professor Jules Pretty. The independent, voluntary body was set up as part of Essex County Council’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis. It provides expert advice and recommendations to move Essex to net zero by 2050. Its 2021 report ‘Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral’ sets out a plan for climate action in Essex.

Professor Pretty is a Professor of Environment and Society at the university. He succeeds Lord Randall in the role, who had chaired the commission since it was set up in May 2020.

Cllr Peter Schwier, Essex County Council’s Climate Czar, said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Pretty as the new chair of the Commission and would like to thank the outgoing chair, Lord Randall for all his hard work in getting the Commission established and its report published. We look forward to seeing Professor Pretty take the reins and lead the Commission into its second year as it focuses on green growth and finance.”

A further round of funding is also now available under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. Essex households with incomes of below £30,000 can access a grant of up to £10,000 to upgrade the heating and insulation in their homes. This can fund solar panels, renewable heating systems, insulation and more.

All homeowners are urged to check the qualifying criteria and social and private landlords can also apply for subsidised funding as part of the scheme. Check your eligibility and find out more by filling out a simple questionnaire.

Last updated 22 November 2021