Climate Change

Our Achievements

We are committed to reduce the impact that our activities have upon the environment. These are just some of our recent achievements:

  • Improved levels of recycling: from 28% of waste 5 years ago to 46.6% in the year to March 2012. This was helped by greater food waste recycling, introducing recycling for rigid plastic, paint and aerosol cans and our recycling campaigns.
  • Won the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice: the Priory Museum also won a Green Apple Award.
  • Became part of a successful European Regional Development Fund bid: this will help support our schools reduce their carbon emissions and increase understanding on renewable technologies in schools.
  • The ERDF Low Carbon Business programme (of which Southend is a key partner) was named New Energy Champion of the Year in March 2012.
  • We held our 3rd annual conference on the UK's transition to the low-carbon economy in March 2013: Speakers from the public and private sectors highlighted how business and other partners can benefit by adopting a sustainable business practice.
  • We won £4.8m through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in July 2011: this will boost sustainable travel in the borough and reduce carbon emissions.
  • We won a £1.6m bid from the Better Bus Area Fund: this fund will help us to encourage more people to use buses, cut congestion and promote a low carbon transport infrastructure. This was topped up by Arriva and First Essex Buses and Southend's Local Transport Plan funding.
  • We secured £1.2m of funding for the ReallySmartHouse initiative: this is designed to reduce the carbon emissions of 60 properties in the St Luke's Ward by 40% and create the first 'Low-Carbon Zone' in Essex.
  • We won £12,000 through the Climate Change Skills Fund: to promote the use of electric bikes throughout the borough as an alternative to short car journeys.
  • 48 schools have been provided with free water efficiency technologies.
  • We have an active Green Staff Forum: this supports both Climate Week and Earth Hour, to help raise awareness of sustainability issues.

Page last updated: 25/05/2017