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Essex County Council responds to climate change report

Politics / Tue 10th Aug 2021 at 07:34am

RESPONDING to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s initial report, Cllr Peter Schwier, Essex County Council’s Climate Tsar, said: “This is a vital reality check and reminder that all levels of government have a responsibility to tackle climate change now. Time is fast running out to stay below the threshold of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees Centigrade. Extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent and more severe and doing nothing is not an option.

“The county of Essex is at the forefront of tackling climate change, most recently seen with the launch of the Essex Climate Action Commission’s report, Net Zero – Making Essex Carbon Neutral. The report contains over 130 recommendations on how Essex can best get to net zero by 2050.

“The work Essex County Council is already doing is an important part of the global response to climate change and includes providing access to government funding for Essex residents to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, installing solar panels on schools and council buildings and the opening last year of the UK’s first electric forecourt in Braintree, to name but a few.”

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