What is the Council doing?
Local solutions to global issues
Like most councils, Braintree District Council has declared a climate emergency and aims to make its activities, as far as possible, carbon neutral by 2030.
Braintree District Council has already:
- Invested £640,000 in solar panels on council properties reducing energy costs and producing an income and savings of £100,000 each year
- Saved 858 tonnes of CO2 in business travel since 2015
- Since 2005, we have reduced our electricity and gas usage saving a total of 1,912 tonnes of CO2
- Enabled more than 150,000 residents to save £705,000 over the last 5 years through its energy switching scheme
- Encouraged residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste
- Supported residents to install more than 8,700 energy saving measures since 2014 directly resulting in the saving of over 1000 tonnes of C02.
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Climate Local Commitment
The Climate Local Commitment is a Local Government Association initiative established to drive and support local authority action on an increasingly changing climate. It provides a framework for local authorities to make a public commitment to develop a local strategy and action plan, setting local targets to deliver their role in addressing climate change issues.
The Council has recently signed the Commitment and submitted our strategy and action plan to the LGA, which will be regularly reviewed and updated.
Home Energy Conservation Act 1995
Local authorities are uniquely placed to assess the needs of their areas and local residents and to act as catalysts for change. The Home Energy Conservation Action 1995 "the Act" recognises local authorities ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation eg owner occupiers, privately rented and social housing in their areas.
Reports are submitted to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, setting out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in it's area.
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2014-15
All local authorities are required to compile a report annually detailing the emissions arising from the activities from the services they provide eg fleet transport data and the energy consumption of the buildings they are responsible for. The report follows the guidance set out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Fuel poverty can cause vulnerable and low income households to live in cold, unhealthy homes that are expensive to keep warm and increase levels of debt. Braintree District Council welcomes the new local authority flexible eligibility powers for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Affordable Warmth grant funding as a means to help address this issue. For further information on funding and qualifying criteria please contact the Sustainability Team on 01376 552525.
Funding may also be available through other providers including your energy supplier, please contact them directly.