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Braintree District Council

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…, partners and the wider community to minimise our District’s environmental impact by reducing waste, carbon and pollution. Foreword Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment A public engagement exercise was carried out between May and July 2021, to hear the views of residents, businesses and stakeholders on our draft Climate Change Strategy. Different engagement…

… and economy in different ways. For example, flooding may force residents and businesses out of their homes and premises or affect highways causing travel disruption. The rural economy, including local agriculture may experience an impact on food yields and require different crop choices in our District. There may also be less obvious indirect impacts on utilities. Power outages from increased storms…

…, working styles, consumer behaviour and choices, housing and wider public priorities. This is a developing picture at a national level and it is likely to affect where the most positive environmental impacts can be made. Braintree District Council declared a Climate Change Emergency in July 2019 and announced a target to be carbon neutral as a Council by 2030, as well as supporting our…

… communities to reduce the impacts of climate change across the Braintree District. Building on our first strategy dated 2015, the Council has taken a different approach to developing this strategy, with more of an external District wide focus to enable all of us across the District to contribute towards its aims, objectives and actions. A Climate Change Working Group with people from our…

…. The delay to the Environment Bill means that rather than the Bill informing the District strategy as was originally intended, we had to consult on the strategy based on our assumptions of the outcomes of the Bill, where possible, and we will review when the Bill has been agreed. This strategy sets out the direction of travel to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. It will need to be reviewed…

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