Local COVID alert level: high (tier 2)

Essex is on the high alert level (tier 2), this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level (tier 1).

Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.

For information, advice and support, visit the coronavirus hub.

Reducing carbon emissions

We're committed to reducing Essex’s carbon footprint and do this by:

  • adopting a corporate emissions strategy that sets out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations
  • taking a leadership role in local and regional energy efficiency and carbon-reduction forums
  • providing support to local businesses and schools to help them reduce their emissions

We follow the guidance issued by the Department of Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to calculate our greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2017/18 (PDF, 442KB)

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2016/17 (PDF, 499KB)

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2015/16 (PDF, 435KB)

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2014/15 (PDF, 670KB)

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2013/14 (PDF, 264KB)

Greenhouse gas emissions report for 2012/13 (PDF, 238KB)

Low Carbon Across the South East

Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) is an EU funded project set up to help businesses tackle and adapt to climate change. The project has now used all of its funding, giving out grants of up to £20,000 to small and medium-sized businesses across the South East.

Visit LoCASE to register your interest in future opportunities.


EMPOWER 2.0 is a partnership of 15 European and British organisations with the joint aim of “Enabling More People’s Ownership in Energy tRansition” (EMPOWER). The EU-funded project aims to help local communities become "prosumers"; not only consumers, but also producers of energy. We're collaborating with the local school and outdoor centre on the pilot project in Danbury, Chelmsford.

Community Energy

We're working to support community groups to develop community-led energy projects. The projects could tackle fuel poverty, increase renewable energy generation or reduce energy consumption. If you're a member of a community group and you're interested in playing your part in climate action, please contact us at lowcarbon@essex.gov.uk.

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