Bristol publishes first city-wide strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030

New One City Climate Strategy is rooted in CSE’s analysis

26 February 2020

The new One City Climate Strategy (available to read here) was agreed today (26 February) by the Bristol Environmental Sustainability Board. It sets out a clear pathway of action on how Bristol can become carbon neutral and climate resilient.

The strategy sets out a shared vision for Bristol in 2030. Building on work that’s already underway, the strategy looks at how to accelerate climate action in the next few years. It describes the challenges and opportunities for investment, along with job creation as Bristol moves towards clean energy and away from polluting fossil fuels.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Board, said: “Bristol is an incredibly environmentally-conscious city which is reflected in the way we are leading the response to one of the most complex challenges humanity has ever faced. We are proud of the fact Bristol has inspired others to recognise the importance of the climate emergency. We need our city to come together like never before and it’s encouraging that people from organisations across the city have made this unique approach a reality.

“This strategy is an important step in the process because it shows that we need to make widespread and radical changes to the way Bristol and the UK operates. It shows what needs to happen nationally, regionally and locally for our 2030 carbon neutrality goal to be achieved, including changes to legislation, finances and infrastructure. But it also shows that we can use this change to create thousands of jobs and create a fairer and better city in the process.

“We now need widespread collaboration to accelerate change. No single organisation alone is enough to drive the transformation that’s needed. We must respond as a city – involving everyone in Bristol.”

Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive of CSE and member of the Environmental Sustainability Board, led the development of key elements of the strategy’s evidence base: “This strategy is firmly rooted in the evidence about what needs to be done in Bristol to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 – from technology upgrades and skills development to regulatory changes and public and business engagement programmes. The strategy doesn’t shy away from the huge challenges involved, but instead rises to them, setting out a comprehensive programme of work to do and making a call to action to the whole city to join in and contribute.”

To download a copy of the Bristol One City Climate Strategy, click here.

For more about the work led by CSE to establish the evidence base for the Climate Strategy and to download a copy of the report, see here.

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