Recent updates

Essex stands with Ukraine: read the latest updates on what you can do to help, and information for sponsors and guests on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Coronavirus: for the latest information and guidance, go to GOV.UK or our 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.

Local Energy Communities in the 2 Seas region (LECSEA)

LECSEA is a cross border project funded through the Interreg 2 Seas programme. There are 10 project partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and UK. Including Essex County Council.

The long-term aim of LECSEA is to enable the Energy Communities (ECs) in the 2 Seas region succeed. It will develop the legal and organisational framework for complex sustainable energy arrangements. Linking businesses, citizens and organisations to work together to reduce carbon emissions.

Read more about the LECSEA project.

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

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