Climate Change

Our Achievements

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

  • better 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. Also, increase knowledge of renewable technologies in schools
  • the ERDF Low Carbon Business programme was named New Energy Champion of the Year in March 2012. Southend is a key partner in this
  • 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 city and reduce carbon emissions
  • we won a £1.6m bid from the Better Bus Area Fund. This fund will help us to get more people to use buses. Cut traffic and promote a low carbon transport network. 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 design helps reduce the carbon emissions of 60 properties in the St Luke's Ward by 40%. In turn, create the first 'Low-Carbon Zone' in Essex
  • we won £12,000 through the Climate Change Skills Fund. It helps us promote the use of electric bikes throughout the city. In order to reduce short car journeys
  • 48 schools have been provided with free water efficiency tools
  • we have an active Green Staff Forum. This supports both Climate Week and Earth Hour, to help raise awareness of climate related issues

Contact Environmental Health

Telephone: 01702 215005

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