To create momentum and immediate impact, it is proposed that the initial Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan focusses on the following areas of work:
i. Establishing a ‘carbon baseline’ position
ii. Updating planning guidance on how on-site renewable energy measures
can be integrated into new developments and for all new dwellings to
incorporate sustainable design features to reduce CO2 and NO2 emissions
and the use of natural resources [including putting in place a low carbon
infrastructure in strategic growth areas]
iii. Working with Essex County Council to improve movement around the City,
including improvements to the cycling and walking infrastructure, to reduce
traffic congestion and journey times and encourage more sustainable travel
iv. Implementing further measures to reduce the amount of waste generated
and ensure that as much as possible of any waste that is generated is
reused, recycled or composted
v. Implementing measures to lower energy consumption, ensure the most
efficient use of water resources, reduce pollution and improve air quality
vi. Undertaking a greening programme to significantly increase the amount of
woodland and the proportion of tree cover in Chelmsford
vii. Implementing measures to improve the ‘green infrastructure’ of
Chelmsford, protecting and expanding natural habitats and increasing biodiversity
viii. Improving the environmental quality, attractiveness and recreational
potential of public spaces, rivers and waterways and associated green
corridors in the City Centre and surrounding areas
ix. Upgrading the Council’s vehicle fleet to embrace the latest low emission
technology, including ultra-low emission electric powered vehicles as they
become operationally and commercially viable
x. Supporting the Environment Agency to implement the Margaretting flood
alleviation scheme and other flood mitigation measures to reduce the risk
of flooding to residential and commercial properties in the City
xi. Establishing a ‘green investment fund’ to support the Council’s environment
xii. Reviewing the Council’s investment strategy in light of the Climate and
Ecological Emergency Declaration
xiii. Reviewing the Council’s procurement policies and practices in light of the
Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration
xiv. Creating opportunities for people, local organisations and businesses to get
involved, to influence and to inspire innovation and cooperation in response
to the key challenges identified in the Climate and Ecological Emergency
xv. Reviewing the Council’s human resources and employment policies and
practices in light of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration

Download Chelmsford’s Initial Action Plan