Category low carbon

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.  […]

St Cuthbert’s School pupils plant a tree for the jubilee

Children at a junior school in Wells planted a very special tree as part of a national initiative to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy, which invites people across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’. Next year will mark 70 years since HM The Queen came to the throne – the longest […]

Green light for green initiatives to slash County Council’s carbon footprint

Somerset County Council has approved major investment to help save hundreds of tonnes of carbon every year. Earlier this year, Somerset County Council successfully bid for £4.1m from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to make public buildings more energy efficient. The funding will enable […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]

Pupils rise to the latest active travel challenge

Primary schools across Bridgwater are competing to see who’s the best when it comes to getting to school on foot, bike or scooter.   The Bridgwater Schools Challenge is kicking off the next phase of Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative. The three-week inter-school event which started this week will see primary schools taking on […]

Young people invited to shape Somerset climate emergency response

11 to 18-year-olds in Somerset are invited to attend two virtual events next month to help shape Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy. Somerset Youth Parliament is running two free sessions via Zoom on Monday 11 and Monday 18 October, 6.15pm to 8.30pm, to learn more about the county’s plans, listen to key speakers including […]

Recycle Week 2021 – step up and fight climate change

Recycling more is a way we can all contribute to the fight against climate change every day – that’s the message from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) this Recycle Week. The national awareness week starts on Monday 20 September, and this year’s theme is ‘stepping it up’ to combat climate change. More than 137,000 tonnes of waste were […]

County Council’s climate fund brings good vibes to West Somerset

A new scheme bringing sustainably grown vegetables to communities is one of many green initiatives benefiting from Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Community Fund. The ‘Good Vibe Veg’ project in Horner, West Somerset is one the many green schemes being supported by the County Council’s £1 million investment. It’s widely recognised that local, small-scale food […]