Essex businesses lead the way with green technology

Cllr Tony Ball and Andrew Barker standing next to the Ecolite TH200 lighting towerThe environment is now a permanent fixture at the top of the political agenda and it’s certainly an issue and opportunity which businesses across the county are seizing.

I was at a meal with local businesses recently to launch a new Visit Essex Campaign - This is Essex. It was really interesting to note how quickly the subject turned to how Essex businesses (and councils) are embracing environmental agendas – from more charging points for electric cars to ensuring green space at the heart of the new communities planned for the county.

I had the pleasure of visiting a local business - Taylor Construction Plant (TCP) - in Maldon recently to see this for myself and was given the opportunity to find out more about their commitment to green technology and cutting-edge manufacturing processes.

I learnt about how they are using new ways to reduce their impact on the environment, particularly in the production of their new low-energy, hydrogen-fuelled LED lighting towers, used in the construction, rail and events sectors. The whole manufacturing process releases zero emissions, making them a completely eco-friendly lighting solution. I’m pleased to say that Essex Highways is already using one of these light towers at their Heybridge Depot, following a trial by our partner, Ringway Jacobs, in London. Our Highways team is also investing in other environmentally friendly methods of working by trialling a solar/hydrogen powered crew welfare unit out on site at a local bridge repair.

We are absolutely committed to exploring new ways that we can reduce environmental impact across the county in everything that we do as a Local Authority and it’s been fascinating to see the innovative solutions that local organisations are already using. Climate change is everybody’s business and I’m pleased that Essex is leading the way in tackling the issue.