Chelmsford City Council

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Climate emergency declaration and action plan

In July 2019, we declared a climate and ecological emergency (C&EE). 

In it, we pledged to review our own practices and implement changes to address carbon emissions and boost biodiversity. We set a target of net-zero carbon by 2030 within our buildings and operations.

You can view our action plan.



Progress so far

Our electricity now comes from 100% renewable sources, through our own Solar PV network and a renewable energy tariff with our supplier.

We are replacing lighting systems in our buildings and car parks with LED/motion sensors and regularly review our procurement policy, keeping climate change in mind.


Love Your Chelmsford

We have now launched a Love Your Chelmsford (LYC) website. This will be a hub for everything we are doing relating to the C&EE declaration and action plan. It will allow people and organisations to connect with us to address the issue.

The Love Your Chelmsford volunteers programme has been quietly championing environmental initiatives for over 20 years. It regularly runs events such as litter picks and tree planting. It also has a team of dedicated volunteers, who help tend to our parks and green spaces, whatever the weather.

The dedicated LYC website reflects the aims of our C&EE action plan and the ethos of reduce, re-use, recycle, re-think. It:

  • focuses how we can all address climate change and biodiversity loss
  • champions our local green spaces
  • invites people to engage with nature, whatever the season
  • changes our behaviour for the better, with ideas for educators and rainy days, recycled crafting and green living



We have provided guidance to developers in the form of Supplementary Planning Documents and the Livewell Accreditation scheme.

This outlines a way forward that will future-proof development, and helps restore much of the natural world on our doorstep. We are keen to avoid sacrificing our green spaces for the sake of growing the city.


Climate summit (October 2020)

We have created a ‘Chelmsford Climate Change Partnership’ so we can engage with external partners, other agencies and the wider community.  It will also allow us to celebrate examples of best practice to inspire action by others. We aspire to net zero-carbon status by 2030 for the whole Chelmsford district.

Future City is a green festival of ideas on how to grow a sustainable Chelmsford, tackling the themes of climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. It runs throughout October 2020.

We need to consider our legacy, and how we take partnerships forward. Clearly, we would wish to empower businesses, communities and community leaders to do this, supported by the council. We have already made connections with inspiring leaders in transition engineering, business, environmental and community hubs, who approached us following the Declaration.


Climate Ambassador 

Councillor Tom Willis is now our Climate Ambassador, working closely with Councillor Rose Moore, the Cabinet Member for Greener & Safer Chelmsford.

He will support the LYC team to maintain links with parishes, community groups, schools and local businesses.


Related press releases

  • Park Chelmsford speaks out against post-lockdown plague of litterChelmsford City Council, Essex Waterways, the Chelmer Canal Trust and local residents have united to speak out against a 'plague of litter' in the area's parks and beauty spots since lockdown restrictions began to ease. 18 August 2020
  • Womens Institute volunteers hard at work at Hylands New Climate Ambassador for ChelmsfordThe whole Chelmsford community is being encouraged to come together to help combat climate change. Chelmsford City Council has created a new role of Climate Ambassador and appointed Councillor Tom Willis to the position. 04 August 2020
  • Two girls posing with spade 500 volunteers create a whole new woodlandA new woodland of 3,500 trees was planted in Hylands Park on Sunday 1 March, with the help of over 500 volunteers. It is part of the commitment by Chelmsford City Council to plant one tree for every resident over the next ten years. 04 March 2020
  • Councillor Moore planting a tree at Compass Gardens South Woodham Ferrers plants over 1,000 trees in a single dayOn Sunday 2 February, a hundred people got digging for climate victory in a mass tree planting at Creekview Road, South Woodham Ferrers. Local families and residents joined staff from Chelmsford City Council to plant over a thousand trees on a plot of land in the area's well-loved Compass Gardens park. 07 February 2020
  • Councillor Rose Moore, Mayor Councillor Bob Massey and Councillor Jude Deakin at Admirals Park Chelmsford's plan of action to tackle climate emergencyChelmsford now has a plan of action to address the climate and ecological emergency that it declared last summer. This was adopted at the City Council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 28 January. 29 January 2020
  • Volunteers holding a tiny tree in a sunlit park Help plant thousands of trees in ChelmsfordIn December, Chelmsford City Council announced ambitious plans to plant one tree for every resident in Chelmsford over the next ten years. Now council leaders are calling local people to get involved and become part of the 're-greening' of their local area. 23 January 2020
  • Some of last year's community champions with Councillor Jude Deakin. We're looking for the Champions of Chelmsford!Do you know anyone who goes above and beyond to look after their local environment and make Chelmsford the great place it is? Chelmsford City Council is now accepting award nominations for this year's Chelmsford Champions Awards. 10 January 2020
  • Representatives of all the local authorities making their pledge at Essex County Council Love Essex asks you to make a difference and take the plastic pledgeLocal authorities have come together to do their bit for our planet and are encouraging residents to join them and 'Love Essex, Not Plastic'. The Essex-wide 2020 campaign aims to tackle the amount of waste across the country by highlighting the issue of single-use plastic and urging households to switch to reusable options and to recycle more. 06 January 2020
  • The tree with bark removed and sap escaping Man ordered to pay £61,000 for damage to treeA homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old tree so much that it had to be felled has been fined over £60,000 by magistrates. Stephen Lawrence, of Southborough Road, Chelmsford, Essex, pleaded guilty to wilful damage to a protected tree in a criminal prosecution by Chelmsford City Council at Basildon Magistrates Court on 12 December. 20 December 2019
  • Womens Institute volunteers hard at work at Hylands New woodlands and 5,000 trees planted in ChelmsfordChelmsford City Council has pledged to plant a tree for every resident in Chelmsford over the next ten years. Volunteers and Chelmsford City Council staff have made a great start by planting over 5,000 trees in just two months in a bid to boost the city's green canopy. 20 December 2019
  • Image of the new litter bin branding Chelmsford's bins get the message acrossBins in Chelmsford have been decorated with new stickers which take the 'don't litter' message back to basics. 18 November 2019
  • Councillor Goldman and other council staff receiving the 'Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Award' Sustainability award for Chelmsford Council's staff travelChelmsford City Council has become only the first ever local authority to be awarded a national gold-level accreditation for encouraging its staff to travel to work in a sustainable way. 08 November 2019
  • Electric Parks Vehicle with crew Electric vehicles enter Council's fleetChelmsford City Council's vehicle fleet has taken another step towards lower emissions with a set of new electric vehicles which staff have begun to use in their day-to-day work. 19 July 2019
  • Chelmsford City Council declares a climate and ecology emergency Chelmsford City Council declares a climate and ecology emergencyA climate and ecology emergency has been declared in Chelmsford. This was voted through at a meeting of Chelmsford City Council last night (Tuesday 16 July). 17 July 2019

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