Bristol City Council will soon set new climate-related mitigation goals, after surpassing a target to reduce carbon emissions by two-thirds two years ahead of schedule. Bristol City Council has recorded a 71% reduction in carbon emissions from its direct activities against a 2005 baseline, surpassing a target to reduce emissions by 65% by 2020. The council will soon propose new targets in due course. The council sourced 21GWh of energy generation from solar, wind and biomass in 2018, enough to power 24,000 homes for a month. Projects including street lighting upgrades, increasing renewable energy stocks, implementing energy efficiency measures and closing certain corporate estate buildings all contributed to the achievement. Bristol City Council is also rolling out city-wide projects to assist with wider carbon reductions outside of its direct impact. Heat networks and a City Leap initiative to transform the city’s energy infrastructure and ecosystem have been introduced. The former European green capital has already connected its first private housing development to the heat network, and has saved more than £1m from street light upgrades.
Edie 12th March 2019 read more »