Council highlights action on climate change ahead of COP26

The COP26 climate summit takes place in Glasgow starting on 31 October.

Uttlesford District Council's portfolio Holder for the Environment and Green Issues, Cllr Louise Pepper, will be highlighting what the authority is doing to address local climate issues - as well raise awareness of the actions residents and businesses can take to help.

In the run-up to and during the conference, information, advice and top tips for different sectors of the community will be posted on the council's Twitter feed and Facebook page (search @UttlesfordDC).

Cllr Pepper said: "Climate change is the greatest challenge facing our world today, one that we all have a responsibility for and must play a part in addressing.

"The council declared a climate and ecological emergency in 2019 and is committed to addressing climate change and a net carbon zero target by 2030. We've already taken some practical steps to reduce our carbon footprint, but there is much more to do and we're looking at further, wider reaching measures. A new strategy was adopted earlier this year that sets a clear direction for tackling issues locally, and we'll soon be publishing an action plan with more detail about the work streams.

"We all need to be working together and doing everything possible to make sure our children and ecosystems have a sustainable future, and a key focus of the strategy is what our communities can do to help - small steps that can have a big impact."

With winter approaching, Cllr Pepper is particularly keen to help residents to find ways to make their homes as energy efficient as possible. There is lots of information on the council's dedicated climate change webpages, including details of the initiatives and grants available to help householders through the colder months. Residents can find out more by visiting the Council's website.

The council, together with Citizens Advice, has also put together some handy winter guidance, from driving in bad weather to how to save money on energy bills, as well as useful contacts of organisations that can help - visit the Council's website for more information.

29 October 2021

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