City leaders seek ‘positive solutions’ from carbon reductions

CSE contributes to Bristol’s ‘Oil, Carbon and Opportunity’ event

2 March 2010

‘Oil, Carbon and Opportunity: Positive Solutions for Bristol’ is the title of an event taking place this month which aims to help the city and its businesses realise their potential for benefitting from reductions in carbon emissions.

Organisers, which include the city council and members of the Bristol Partnership, are aiming to double the carbon efficiency of the city’s homes, transport and economy over the coming decades – delivering reductions in emissions of 40%, exceeding national targets and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

And they see these changes as presenting opportunities for local businesses.

They are hosting this free event as a chance for people to join leading experts in the field and debate how best to deliver the targets, how to generate new business and jobs, and how to plan for the risks associated with climate change and energy security.

CSE’s Josh Thumin is one of those experts contributing to the debate. He explained: “It’s important that we start from a detailed understanding of both the sources of Bristol’s CO2 emissions, and the relative scale and costs of the various opportunities for reducing them. We also need a clear picture of the overlap between the carbon reduction and energy security agendas, so that we both harness the synergies, and make rational decisions regarding any conflicts.

“With these in place, we can set out and deliver a clear action plan for reducing the city’s emissions to fight climate change and maximising its resilience to possible energy shortages.”

The event takes place at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, in Bristol on Thursday 18 March between 13.00 and 17.00. Click here for more details.

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