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Hold the date for our Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive online event: Saturday 26 September, 1pm to 4pm

Join us to find out about our new Crowdfund Cornwall Climate Emergency funds. The Crowdfunds are available
to help support low carbon and environmental initiatives.

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Community groups with ideas for projects to help tackle the climate emergency can now apply for match funding from Cornwall Council.  The Council has joined forces with Crowdfunder to help residents get their plans
off the ground. 

The Council is supporting projects and activities, through the Crowdfund Cornwall Climate Emergency Funds.  This will help Cornwall work towards becoming carbon neutral as part of its climate change action plan.  

There are three types of funding available: 

  • the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund
  • the Town and Parish Council and Community Fund
  • the Forest for Cornwall Community Fund

We are consulting on Cornwall's new Climate Emergency Development Planning Document (DPD). The Climate Emergency DPD will introduce new planning policies to help protect and shape the Cornwall of the future. Cornwall has a Local Plan with some policies aimed at addressing climate change. They alone are not enough. We are creating the Climate Emergency DPD to strengthen those policies. We are introducing some new policies to address climate change issues affecting Cornwall. These policies will sit alongside proposed Government legislation to protect our environment. They will make sure that development is sustainable. 

Visit our Climate Emergency Development Planning Document pages for more information.

Only one in ten people in Cornwall want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic. People want a cleaner and greener environment. With reduced traffic and a green economy. They want Climate Change to be the main consideration in future decision-making.

What do you want Cornwall's environment to be like in the future?

Add your comment about combating the climate emergency and protecting Cornwall's natural environment. And watch the recording of the live discussion on the Cornwall we want website.

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MJ Awards finalist

We have reached the final in the MJ Achievement Awards. We are finalists for the 'Leadership in responding to the climate emergency' category

The judges praised: Our decision-making process. Our commitment to innovation. Reducing bus fares. Halting fossil fuel heating in all new council properties. Community engagement is strong. There was clear evidence of strong leadership across the council.

Cornwall's first smart-grid wind turbine

Construction on Cornwall’s first, smart grid-connected wind turbine is nearly finished. The wind turbine is on the A30 at Ventonteague, near Carland Cross. When the turbine is generating energy it will help to cut carbon emissions. And create enough power for over 1,440 homes a year.

Watch a video of the rotary blades being installed below:

For more details, read our news release:
Cornwall's first smart-grid wind turbine to generate renewable energy from September

Climate declaration - update one year on

Cornwall Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to declare a climate emergency. On 22 January 2020, we marked a year since declaring a climate emergency.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford is the Council's Cabinet Member for Climate Change. Edwina has summed up ten key achievements during this time in the video below:

For more details, read our news release:
Cornwall Council marks a year since declaring a climate emergency

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