Reducing carbon emissions


Purchased goods and services and capital goods account for 95% of the council’s carbon footprint. To reduce this impact, we will be considering the inclusion of carbon reduction plans (CRPs) in all our tenders over £100,000 per annum.

Potential suppliers will be asked to measure defined carbon emissions, set a net zero target, and provide an action plan to reach this target.

Our next steps will include:

  • measuring contract specific emissions
  • rolling out training to support our supply chain and local businesses in reducing their carbon emissions

Working styles

As a result of our commitment to hybrid and flexible working, we have reduced travel into our offices and around Essex by over a third. It’s estimated, since March 2020, that we have reduced over 5,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

We are continuing to track this benefit as we move throughout our ways of working programme and estate strategy.


Our transport choices impact our carbon emissions. By changing our habits to using more efficient ways of travelling, we can improve our emission levels. Efficient ways of travelling include:

  • walking
  • cycling
  • wheeling (using a wheelchair or mobility aid)

This will make our roads less congested and more efficient for buses and those without alternatives. It also offers health benefits by increasing our levels of physical activity.

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