Essex Climate Action Commission

The Essex Climate Action Commission was set up to advise us about tackling climate change.

The commission has over 30 members. They include local councillors, academics, business people and 2 members of the Young Essex Assembly. Find out more about the commissioners from their biographies.

The commission will run for 2 years initially.

Role of the commission

The Essex Climate Action Commission will:

  • identify ways where we can mitigate the effects of climate change, improve air quality, reduce waste across Essex and increase the amount of green infrastructure and biodiversity in the county
  • explore how we attract investment in natural capital and low carbon growth

They will do this by drawing on in-house expertise, commissioning research and forming new external partnerships.

The Cabinet will consider all recommendations put forward by the commission with both the cost and benefits of implementing recommendations in mind.

See the commission's committee details and meetings.

See the commission's terms of reference and workplan.


The commission will meet 9 times in the first year and 4 times in the second year. Commission members may also visit sites to gather evidence and information as required.

All meetings are recorded, and you can view the schedule and meeting papers.


In July 2021 the Commission published its Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral report (PDF, 5.33MB) outlining their recommendations for how we can improve the environment and the economy of Essex.

Read the accompanying technical annexes for more information.
Built environment technical annex (PDF, 1.51MB)
Land use and green infrastructure technical annex (PDF, 3.66MB)
Transport technical annex (PDF, 2.18MB)
Waste management technical annex (PDF, 526KB)

We ran a public consultation to understand residents' views on climate change and the Commission's ideas. Read the results in our Climate Action Consultation Report (PDF, 758KB).

Read about the baseline of emissions in Essex and a future emissions pathway in our Essex Baseline of Emissions and Pathway to Net Zero Report (PDF, 2MB).

In November 2020 the Commission published its Interim Report (PDF, 8.04MB).

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