Bristol has today launched an international search for investors to help it meet its 2030 net zero emissions goal. The Bristol City Leap project plans to turn the city into a “zero carbon smart energy city” in little over a decade, and is now searching for investment of £1bn to get there. When the project – led by Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy, the city’s energy company – was launched last year it attracted interest from 180 local, national and international organisations, from technology companies to private investors. Bristol hopes to convince at least some of those interested parties to establish a joint venture, which will co-fund the rollout of green energy infrastructure such as heat networks, energy efficiency improvements, hydrogen production and wave and tidal power projects. Bristol Energy will take a leading role in designing local energy tariffs and new smart energy services to support the rollout of low-carbon power, city officials said. “City Leap is a world first,” said Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees. “We are creating a decarbonised local energy system that Bristol can be proud of. City Leap is leading the way on carbon reduction, while at the same time addressing important social and economic challenges.”
Business Green 9th Sept 2019 read more »
UK urban centres are vying for investment to become the country’s first carbon-neutral city. Bristol has joined the race by vowing to cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 through a £1bn climate scheme. The UK’s first European Green Capital hopes to maintain its green lead by attracting investment from major companies and investors to create a carbon-neutral city. Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, said its City Leap programme was “a world first” that would lead the way on reducing carbon emissions. “We are creating a decarbonised local energy system that Bristol can be proud of. City Leap is leading the way on carbon reduction, while at the same time addressing important social and economic challenges,” he said. Bristol council voted unanimously in favour of establishing a net zero-carbon city, meaning any climate emissions must be neutralised by schemes that absorb carbon, after becoming the first to declare a climate emergency. City Leap aims to bring together international organisations, investors and tech companies to help develop low-carbon solutions that can drive down the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. But Bristol will face stiff competition in the race to tackle the climate crisis from Glasgow and Edinburgh, which launched bids to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city this year. Edinburgh has already shrunk its carbon footprint by a third since 2005 and is on track to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 40% by 2020 before becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Glasgow city council said this year it had teamed up with Scottish Power, the only major energy supplier to generate 100% renewable electricity, to meet the same target. The initiative aims to make Glasgow greener by reducing the carbon intensity of the city’s heating and transport and boosting investment in the electricity grid. It will also focus on rolling out more charging locations for electric cars. The Scottish cities revealed separate plans to cut their emissions to net zero by 2030 in May, days after the UK government’s official climate advisers delivered a plan to create a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.
Guardian 9th Sept 2019 read more »
GLASGOW is so keen to plant more trees that it is considering proposals to re-forest its golf courses. The city council earlier this year announced a climate emergency – and an aspiration to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Separately it also launched a consultation on the future of six of its public golf courses, key green space smack in the middle of Scotland’s most densely populated areas. Now an influential group of councillors has called for the courses – including the 18-hole Littlehill, Lethamhill and Linn Park – to be turned in to forests, wetlands or even allotments if they shut.
Herald 9th Sept 2019 read more »