Bristol’s continuing climate journey
- Bristol One City Climate Change
- Business Climate Stories
- Climate support for Bristol businesses – grants and skills programs
- Seven simple steps to reducing your businesses emissions
- Sustainable procurement
- Bristol One City Climate Change Ask
- Bristol One City Climate Offers – Getting Started
- Bristol One City Climate Offers Looking for Something Specific
Bristol has been at the forefront of climate change action in England since declaring a climate emergency in 2018. The following highlights some of the key activity and progress in the city since 2019.
The city established an independent Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change (the BACCC) to provide technical expertise to help the city to understand and accelerate progress towards its ambition to be a carbon neutral and climate resilient city by 2030.
To support the development of the One City Climate Strategy, Bristol City Council commissions the Centre for Sustainable Energy with Ricardo and Eunomia to produce Bristol Net Zero by 2030: the evidence base, a report on how the city can achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions (scopes 1 and 2) by 2030. The associated evidence also includes an assessment of Bristol’s resilience to climate change, the carbon footprint of the economy of Bristol and a report on consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions for Bristol.
The One City Environment Board published the One City Climate Strategy (the OCCS) setting a shared vision for Bristol in 2030 to be a carbon neutral and climate resilient city. The strategy is framed around ten themes and six enabling conditions that describes the dramatic changes needed in our transport, heat and electricity networks, what we consume and waste, our food, businesses and public services, buildings, infrastructure and natural environment.
The Community Climate Action project, coordinated by the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, is launched with support from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. The project sees six Bristol community organisations – Ambition Lawrence Weston, ACH, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, Heart of BS13, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, and Eastside Community Trust – play a leading role in shaping Bristol’s transition to a low carbon and climate resilient city, with the support of Bristol City Council and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
The Black and Green Ambassadors program was re-launched, coordinated by the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Ujima Radio with the support of the National Lottery and Bristol City Council. The program’s mission is to connect, empower and celebrate diverse leadership and community action on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond; challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and working towards ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities.
Bristol City Office launches the Bristol Climate Hub to help residents to make informed decisions through taking action to reduce their own household carbon footprints.
The One City Environment Board launches the #BristolClimateAction brand to make the work of local groups, organisations and businesses working on climate action more visible across the city.
At the City Gathering, the One City Environment and Economy and Skills Boards – echoed by the Mayor launched the Bristol One City Climate Ask – an active ask for all businesses and organisations based in the city to declare an ambition to become Net Zero by 2030.
A wide range of Bristol networks worked together to organise the COP26 Business of Net Zero event and to launch a series of Ambition Net Zero business videos and stories to support the Bristol One City Climate Ask. The University of Bristol hosted a mock COP26 event for local schools. The voices of Bristol citizens can also be heard through a growing series of Bristol One City Climate Action Stories as part of Bristol City Council’s ongoing social media campaign.
Bristol launches six community climate action plans, and is awarded funding by the Department of Transport to become a Zero Emission Transport City.
Bristol is successful in its bid to join the EU Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission bringing together 100 EU cities and 12 others from associated countries, united by their ambition to be trailblazers towards reaching Net Zero by 2030.
Bristol City Council launches Bristol’s climate and ecological community grants program, before celebrating some of Bristol’s most sustainable businesses and climate pioneers at the Festival of Sustainable Business at the Paintworks.
The Think Global Act Bristol exhibition launches at the M-Shed asking questions about the city’s role in tackling the climate and ecological emergencies. After the second summer heatwave, Bristol City Council launches the Keep Bristol Cool mapping tool, funded by the UK Climate Resilience Programme, highlighting heat vulnerabilities across the city, in an increasingly warming world.
Bristol hosts the regional net zero investment forum with the Cities Climate Investment Commission (3Ci). A range of Bristol businesses came together for a series of Net Zero Sprint workshops, convened by Accenture and ten secondary schools and students gathered for the Towards Net Zero event organised by the Bristol Educational Partnership.
In the run up to COP27 Bristol City Council launches its revised Climate Emergency Action Plan.
After a substantive procurement process, Bristol City Council announces Ameresco Limited as its strategic partner to form the City Leap partnership, working in collaboration with Vattenfall Heat UK, Sweden’s nationally owned energy company. With ambitions to bring in £1billion of investment to decarbonise the city’s energy system, and an initial £424 million of private finance committed, this promises to be a transformative partnership for the city and our climate ambitions.
Bristol is successful in its bid for government funding for the Heat Pump Ready pilot, and also for pioneer places funding to develop innovative ways to overcome barriers to Net Zero. Bristol City Council also publishes its annual environmental performance summary. and launches a month-long engagement campaign with stories of Bristol businesses taking climate action to encourage others to support the city’s ambition to be Net Zero by 2030.
Bristol has been selected as a Pilot City for the EU Horizon Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission as one of only 25 European bids to receive funding. Bristol’s proposal is to test, pilot and create a Net Zero Investment Co-Innovation lab to create new innovative financial mechanisms to unlock some of the entangled barriers to the deployment of private finance to help solve the climate emergency. Enabling Bristol citizens, communities, businesses and venture capital to contribute to the city’s Net Zero 2030 ambition.