Bristol City Council has successfully achieved its corporate target to reduce carbon emissions from its direct activities by 65% by 2020.
The council has achieved this target, two years early, with a 71% reduction of carbon emissions in 2017/18 (against a 2005 baseline). The council will soon be proposing a new, ambitious, target to cut even more carbon emissions from its direct activities.
This is the second year running that the council has exceeded its own carbon targets and this exemplar performance is largely due to making its buildings more energy efficient, investments in renewable energy infrastructure such as wind turbines and solar panels, electrifying the council’s fleet vehicles and continuous upgrades to street lighting across the city.
The overall reduction of carbon on the national grid, through increased national renewable energy generation also plays a major part in this reduction.
The council has released an environmental performance report, detailing its carbon, energy, travel and water performance for the 2017/18 period. The report can be read at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/policies-plans-strategies/energy-and-environment and also here.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy and Transport said “This is the second time the council has hit its carbon reduction target well ahead of schedule and is a clear marker for our continued commitment to build a carbon neutral Bristol.
"We’re incredibly proud of our energy projects and our ever growing reputation as a leading energy city. I’d like to thank officers across a number of teams for all their hard work in achieving this target and for continuing to strive for further carbon reductions.
"The council is willing and able to offer its expertise to support other organisations to reduce their carbon emissions and improve their overall environmental performance and it’s a great thing for us to be leading by example.”
Bristol City Council is working hard to reduce carbon impacts not only from its own activities but city-wide including projects such as heat networks, which will provide low carbon heat to parts of the city and the innovative City Leap initiative which sets out the council’s vision to transform the city’s energy ecosystem.
More information about the council’s exciting energy projects can be found on the council’s Energy Service website: https://www.energyservicebristol.co.uk/