Climate emergency declaration and action plan
In July 2019, we declared a climate and ecological emergency (C&EE) and pledged to take action to make our activities net-zero carbon by 2030.
The Declaration also expressed an ambition to create a Climate Change Partnership. This would encourage residents, community organisations and businesses to work together to shape and contribute to a more sustainable future for Chelmsford and surrounding areas.
In January 2020, we agreed a Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan with an initial focus on fifteen key areas of activity. It is aimed at:
- reducing carbon emissions
- lowering energy consumption
- reducing waste and pollution
- improving air quality
- greening Chelmsford
- increasing biodiversity
- encouraging more sustainable travel choices
You can climate change action plan.
Love Your Chelmsford
Love your Chelmsford is a resource for ‘all things green’ in Chelmsford.
It provides inspiration and advice, and plus details of activities and events. It aims to help people get actively involved in helping to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency and meet the carbon reduction challenges for the area.
Love Your Chelmsford encourages you to take direct responsibility and make a real difference in tackling the Climate and Ecological Emergency. It can help you choose to live and work in a more environmentally responsible way, for the benefit of current and future generations.
We are currently running a survey to understand how residents in Chelmsford buy and use their clothes, as part of our Sustainable Fashion Campaign. We want to know your opinion and would love to hear more.
The Livewell campaign provides information about all that is on offer in Essex to improve health and wellbeing. All councils in Essex have come together to work towards achieving better health outcomes for people across Essex.
We have provided guidance to developers in the form of Supplementary Planning Documents and the Livewell Accreditation scheme.
This outlines a way forward that will future-proof development, and helps restore much of the natural world on our doorstep. We are keen to avoid sacrificing our green spaces for the sake of growing the city.
Councillor Tom Willis is now our Climate Ambassador, working closely with Councillor Rose Moore, the Cabinet Member for Greener & Safer Chelmsford.
He will support the LYC team to maintain links with parishes, community groups, schools and local businesses.
Progress so far
To see our progress so far and for upcoming events, you can follow us on Instagram, or check out Love Your Chelmsford on Facebook pages. You can also visit the News & Stories section of the Love Your Chelmsford website.