Category Environment

Growing businesses and cutting carbon with £1.5m investment

Somerset businesses have the chance to benefit from a new £1.5m to drive economic recovery from the impacts of the Covid pandemic, and benefit the environment at the same time. Somerset County Council is launching the Growth Accelerator Fund, where successful businesses will be awarded grants to help boost their prospects in ways that also […]

Building for the future with the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund

Children in Stogumber have been learning about things we can do to combat the impacts of climate change in the village’s new outdoor nature shelter. The new outdoor learning space is one of 43 community projects that have been funded through Somerset County Council’s £1.5m Climate Emergency Community Fund to help make the county more […]

Check in on your neighbours as storm clear-up continues

Somerset County Council is asking residents to check on their neighbours as the clear-up operation continues following a weekend of extreme weather. Storms Eunice and Franklin have caused widespread disruption across Somerset, with a number of residents still without power. Somerset County Council has been working with power companies and a number of partners – […]

Somerset leads the way on climate action

Somerset County Council has been ranked as the top county council in the UK when it comes to taking a lead on climate change. Climate Emergency UK has ranked all 409 local authorities, scoring them against nine categories, including how well councils’ plans would mitigate the impact of climate change locally, whether the climate and […]

Grant scheme to help make homes more energy efficient extended

A grant available to help Somerset people benefit from energy efficient installations worth up to £10,000 has been extended until June 2022. Funded by the Government, the Green Homes Grant Scheme allows eligible homeowners to apply for vouchers to install climate-friendly energy saving measures such as insulation, air source heat pumps, or double glazing. The […]

Make a pledge to ‘cut the carbon’ in 2022 

Somerset County Council is calling on residents to join the county’s fight against climate change by ‘cutting the carbon’ in 2022. The County Council and the four district councils have all declared a climate emergency and set ambitious goals for Somerset to become a carbon neutral county by 2030. Now, as a new year begins, […]

Your Somerset – Winter 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and campaigns and projects that the County Council and our partners are involved in. The Winter 2021 issue is packed full of useful information […]

Yeovil Library decarbonisation project completed

Yeovil Library has undergone a transformation to make the building greener and more energy efficient as part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to decarbonise its buildings. The project has seen a new air source heat pump installed to heat the building in a more sustainable way, lamps changed to LEDs, new thermally efficient windows, improved […]

County Council’s climate fund helps Dulverton traders go green

Traders in the Exmoor market town of Dulverton have launched a new initiative with bags of potential to help the environment, thanks to a grant from Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Community Fund. The town’s traders unveiled new jute and paper bags for their customers in a bid to become more eco-friendly and move away […]

Investing in eco-friendly training to help Somerset toward carbon neutral goal 

Somerset County Council is funding specialist Carbon Literacy training for City, Town, and Parish Councils to help them take effective actions on climate change in their communities.  The initiative is part of the Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy prepared by Somerset’s Local Authorities which includes the goal of working towards a carbon neutral Somerset by 2030.  […]