Category climate change

Climate Emergency Strategy agreed by five councils in Somerset

The five councils in Somerset have been given the green light to implement the recently launched plan for Somerset to go carbon neutral by 2030. The Somerset-wide Climate Emergency Strategy considers how climate change will impact the County of Somerset and describes what we need to do to cut our emissions and build resilience to […]

Grant scheme to help businesses save money and the environment

A new grant has been launched which will help businesses save money and help save the environment at the same time. The new Carbon Reduction Grants for Business Scheme is being jointly run by Somerset’s five local authorities and will see businesses of all sizes able to apply for grants between £500 and £1,000 to […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund – 1 week to go to apply

Community organisations and city, town and parish councils are invited to apply for funding to become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset, ahead of the deadline of 12 November 2020. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available to support local […]

Plans published on Somerset’s Climate Emergency following public feedback

Draft plans have now been drawn up on how Somerset will tackle the changing climate in a brand-new Climate Emergency Strategy, developed by the five councils in Somerset. Earlier this year people in Somerset were invited to have their say about the global Climate Emergency and Somerset’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. The […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund OPEN for applications from 1 October

A pot of £1 million is now available to help local communities become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish councils to support local communities. From 1 October, city, […]

Somerset County Council joins rural alliance to demand support for tackling climate change

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has joined a group of rural council leaders to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate. A letter published today (24 June) in the Daily Telegraph by the new Countryside Climate Network, a cross-party group of 21 councils from every region in England, warns that […]

Projects paused as authorities respond to Coronavirus

Several major projects are being unavoidably paused or delayed as councils and health services deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus emergency. Reduced staffing, redeployment of staff to support the vulnerable, supply chain disruption and the impacts of self-isolation and travel restrictions are all having an impact. Together they mean some key pieces of work […]

Council’s £1m boost for green initiatives

A massive £1m climate change fund has been created by Somerset County Council – thought to be the biggest single investment of its kind in the country. The £1m pot will be available for parish and town councils to bid for green initiatives in their own patch as SCC acts on its decision to sign […]

Climate Emergency events off to a flying start

Hundreds of people have taken part in the first Climate Emergency event to help shape a strategy for the county – and there are plenty more opportunities to have your say. The drop-in event in the Glass Box at Taunton Library is the first of four in districts across Somerset, with the events taking place […]

New dates for Climate Emergency drop-ins

Rescheduled public events to discuss the creation of Somerset’s first Climate Emergency Strategy have been confirmed. The ‘Have your say’ drop-ins will take place in each District Council area in January and February, being run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset’s four District Councils and the County Council. Earlier this […]