Research backs county net-zero carbon new build strategy

Research backs county net-zero carbon new build strategy

An innovative new study has endorsed Essex County Council’s strategy which aims for all new build houses and commercial buildings in the county to be energy efficient and net-zero carbon.

Research has been undertaken to support the target for all for new homes and commercial buildings granted planning permission in Essex, to be net zero carbon by 2025 and carbon positive by 2030, or before.

The Net Zero Carbon Viability Study Report was commissioned on behalf of Essex Climate Action Commission (ECAC) and was undertaken by Three Dragons, a consultancy specialising in building viability, economy and town planning.

Cllr Lesley Wagland OBE, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: "I very much welcome the completion of the Net Zero Carbon Viability Study Report, and aligns with our ambitions for Everyone’s Essex. The report provides a strong and robust basis to develop net zero carbon development policies in local plans and supports developers during pre-application discussions.”

“Indeed, it confirms that building homes to this new standard, while incorporating low carbon heating and renewable energy technology is viable across Essex. It also includes some key recommendations for further pieces of work, and I am pleased to confirm that the Commission has already given the go ahead for these follow up studies to be undertaken.

“ECC expects all new homes to achieve these standards and key performance indicators, and we are working with local authorities to reflect this in local plan policies. I hope that this work help set the basis for working with developers to achieve truly net zero sustainable development in all parts of Essex.”

For more information on [the Net Zero Carbon Viability Study Report].(

Everyone's Essex, Essex County Council’s plan for levelling up the county 2021 to 2025 is outlined here.

Last updated 16 November 2022