Bristol Green Capital Energy Action Group
CSE and Bristol Energy Network head up Green Capital subgroup
Project duration: July 2014 ongoing
Our hometown, Bristol, is the first UK city to have been crowned European Green Capital. Bristol will hold the title throughout 2015.
The European Commission recognised Bristol’s success in creating a green city with a high quality of life. This prestigious award gives Bristol a unique opportunity to further enhance the city’s reputation for creativity, culture and innovation. It was awarded due to Bristol's ability to demonstrate rapid progress, and continuing ambition, across a wide range of quality of life, environmental and green business aspects.
We're proud that CSE's work across the city, particularly our catalysis of community energy and domestic retrofit schemes, played a role in winning the bid. Here's a short video that explains more about what the award means and the impact we hope it will have.
The Bristol Green Capital Partnership is laying the groundwork for 2015, with several thematic subgroups working on various aspects of Bristol's green ambitions, such as food, transport and waste. Bridget Newbery represents CSE as vice chair of the Energy Action Group.
This group's aim is to accelerate progress to Bristol becoming a truly energy sustainable city, through:
- Reducing energy consumption
- Increasing the generation of renewable energy
- Reducing fuel poverty
- Engaging and empowering people
In practice, the group will highlight and promote the existing activity that goes on in these areas across the city, as well as championing a number of special energy projects for 2015, and contributing to the selection of city-wide projects which will receive Bristol Green Capital funding. These are likely to be a combination of new initiatives and the expansion of existing ones, and are due to be announced at the end of summer 2014.
The group brings together individuals and organisations from different sectors to share experience and knowledge, discuss aspirations for a more sustainable city, and work jointly to achieve shared objectives. They also hope to link into initiatives from other Eurpean Green Captial cities and the Paris Convention 2015 to absorb, share and promote best practice.