The new draft document, “Our Resilient Future: A Framework for Climate and Energy Security”, was presented to international audiences at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. It maps out how Bristol hopes to achieve a series of targets to reduce carbon emissions city-wide through investment in low carbon projects. The actions included will accelerate Bristol’s progress and help ensure there is a long-term impact from its year as the Green Capital of Europe.
The council worked with the University of Bristol to develop a robust model and evidence base to assess the costs and benefits of implementing changes.
The consultation will run for six weeks until Wednesday 16 March and will inform Bristol City Council’s approach to meeting the ambitious targets.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“Our successful year as European Green Capital continues its momentum into 2016 and beyond. My commitment to embedding climate change work into every facet of council business is stronger than ever. I’m proud that, as a result of our actions, Bristol has one of the highest rates of carbon dioxide reduction of any major city in the UK, but there is no room for complacency. I know we can do so much more, as this thought-provoking framework demonstrates.
“Bristol citizens have an increasing understanding about the causes and effects of climate change so I’m confident the consultation will stimulate discussion. However, many still don’t see the direct impact reducing emissions will have on day-to-day life.
“That’s where this framework is different from other climate change documents as it highlights the potential multiple benefits from sustainable projects across the city and how they can be achieved in partnership with communities. It is helping us to demonstrate that the work doesn’t stop here when it comes to reimagining a greener future for Bristol.”
Bristol City Council was one of the first councils in the UK to develop a climate strategy in 2004 and this is the fourth version. It commits Bristol to future CO2 reductions of 40% by 2020, 50% by 2025, 60% by 2035 and 80% by 2050. After being inspired by other cities at COP21, Mayor Ferguson updated the target to 100% by 2050.
The strategy brings together a mixture of measures the council is responsible for, such as bus lanes, a cycling strategy, together with actions other organisations are leading on to tackle emissions, which is a priority for the whole city.
New investment opportunities include wider energy efficiency measures in homes across the city, more solar panels on council-owned buildings, and the continued rollout of a low carbon heat network.
Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, said:
“The strength of Bristol’s Climate and Energy Security Framework is that it builds out of the wide range of initiatives taking place across the city and provides a coherent strategic narrative which explains how they collectively contribute to the city’s goals. That makes it relevant, inclusive, and purposeful.”
To comment on the framework, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/climateandenergyframework. If you do not have internet access telephone 0117 9224379 for a paper copy of the framework document and survey.