Proud to be part of Bristol 2015

Launch of the European Green Capital programme

23 January 2015

Today (23 January) marks the formal launch of Bristol 2015, the city’s year-long programme to mark its status as European Green Capital (www.bristol2015.co.uk). CSE is proud to be supporting Bristol 2015, providing advice and developing specific initiatives to make a positive impact across Bristol.

[For details and pictures of the exciting opening ceremony and high-wire act, click here.]

CSE’s Chief Executive Simon Roberts OBE is backing Bristol 2015; “We’ve been working to help Bristol become more green for more than 35 years. So Bristol 2015 is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everything that has been achieved so far, while involving many more people in taking the next steps towards a truly sustainable energy future for the city.”

We’ve been advising Bristol 2015 on energy issues, helping to set ambitions for the year, mapping current and planned activity across the city and identifying initiatives that can make a real difference in 2015 and beyond.

“We’re particularly excited to be kicking off a Bristol 2015 project to work with the health sector and the council to prevent illness by tackling the city’s cold homes. It will be focused on implementing the forthcoming guidance from NICE on this issue. We know that high fuel costs, poor insulation and inadequate heating all combine to make tens of thousands of Bristol’s homes hard to keep safely warm. That’s bad for people’s health and bad for the health service which has to deal with the illnesses made worse by the cold homes. We’re setting out to tackle this by stimulating a city-wide programme, reducing the burden on the health service in the process.”

We are also working with Bristol Energy Network to establish a network of volunteer Energy Champions to increase the knowledge and activism on energy in every neighbourhood in the city.

And, working in partnership with sponsors of Bristol 2015 and other experts, we are planning to establish a Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration to develop a deeper understanding of what needs to be done to realise for the city, and its people and businesses, the benefits of smart energy data as smart meters are rolled out.

Simon highlights the importance of the legacy these initiatives will create. “We’re focused on initiatives that make a real difference during 2015 while leaving a legacy of increased understanding, strategic engagement and wider involvement of people across Bristol in sustainable energy.”

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