As business parks go, Earls Colne Business Park probably has one of the best carbon footprints of any in England.
With many hectares of trees planted, together with the grass and water areas, the Airfield contributes large amounts of O2 into the atmosphere to help balance the CO2 emissions from the developed areas.
With regard to the government's aims for sustainability:
The Nottingham Decleration 2006 states that the 'Planning system must promote water efficiency, bearing in mind that Essex imports 50% of its water in the summer months!'
In this regard Earls Cone Airfield is an example to many in water efficiency:-
All the rain water falls on the Airfield is collected in the drainage network (there is a drain every 9 yards accross the whole Aifield) and is taken to a 'sump' pond. Also the stormwater drains around the Business park are taken to the same pool.
This water is then pumped up to the reservoir for use as irrigation on the golf course and for use in the fire hydrant network around the business park, with the suprplase flowing down #Robins Brook' (a tributary to the Blackwater).