App launched to support fight against climate change

Lifestyle / Mon 29th May 2023 at 07:32am

CARBON Cutting Essex is a free app providing practical and cost-effective ideas on how residents can reduce their carbon footprint.

Essex County Council officially launched its new Carbon Cutting Essex app to coincide with International Day for Biological Diversity on Monday 22 May 2023.

The launch comes exactly a year after the Council launched its Climate Advice Packs for residents, schools and businesses to encourage the county to act on climate change.

The app is free to download and will enable residents across the county to track their carbon footprint and discover actions – big and small – which they can take to reduce it.

Essex County Council worked with Greenredeem to develop the app as part of the Council’s £200 million Climate Action Plan to tackle climate change and its commitment to transform Essex to net zero emissions by 2050.

From the daily commute to recycling and home energy saving, the app provides hundreds of practical and cost-effective ideas on how to minimise our impact on the planet. Many of these suggestions will not only help to reduce the county’s carbon footprint but can also help save residents money.

Through a range of fun activities, quizzes and videos, users of the app will be able to learn more about how they can reduce their carbon footprint. It will also motivate and reward positive actions by providing points and rewards when they mitigate their carbon footprint.

Residents will be able to use their points to enter prize draws or donate them to good causes.

Portfolio Holder Nigel Bedford said: “It’s great to see the launch of the Carbon Cutting Essex app and the significant role it will play in helping us all to tackle climate change.

The App provides cost-effective advice, home energy saving tips and ideas on how you can reduce your carbon footprint ensuring we all play our part in minimising our impact on the planet ensuring a future for generations to come.

I would encourage everyone across the district to download the app today.

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5 Comments for App launched to support fight against climate change:

2023-05-29 08:24:05

Cell phones are endangering the planet. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/17/internet-climate-carbon-footprint-data-centres

Adam Taylor
2023-05-29 08:29:39

There is no climate emergency - this is all about control and if you fell for covid and fall for this there is no hope. Essex CC should not be wasting money on this

2023-05-29 09:15:25

It is strange that we are continually told that all our problems are down to overconsumption of resources, yet the solutions are always about consuming even more resources. As for climate change, the increase in co2 levels from a almost extinction level low (up from 260 to 400 over 180 years approx) has made the planet 15% greener which means we can produce more food for our growing population. Plant life thrives on higher co2. The truth on co2 is yes increasing levels will change the climate, but we can adapt to that, but once co2 falls below 150 parts per million all the plant life dies and us with it. Even 400 parts per million is still low compared to the average going back 9 million years.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-29 09:29:14

This can only be a good thing, if it wasn't so hypocritical of so many other things, that Essex County Council do. Hypocritical in the fact that Council and this government don't think twice about destroying our ecosystem s in abundance. Ripping trees from the ground, destroying habitat s, building thousands and thousands of unaffordable housing estates, on our green belt. Yep this app would be good, if it wasn't for the fact, that so many other things are so wrong.

David Forman
2023-05-30 09:01:29

I read Dawn's mentioned Guardian However, it is not cell phones endangering the planet. The article is actually talking about data centres. The culprit in this particular case is the form of electricity generation in Loudoun county in the USA. Of particular concern is coal, natural gas and fracked gas to generate electricity for the data centres. The big electricity requirement is for cooling. Data centres are vital for everyday life and there is no going back.

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