Bristol seeking partner for first carbon neutral city

Bristol City Leap has launched a global search to deliver up to £1 billion of investment and provide significant economic benefits for the people of Bristol and its businesses.

The project to deliver a zero-carbon, smart energy city by 2030, led by Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy, will establish a joint venture with another organisation or group of organisations to support the delivery of the UK’s first carbon neutral city by the end of the next decade.

City Leap will support the Mayor’s ambitions for Bristol to be carbon neutral by 2030. Over £50 million has been invested in Bristol’s low-carbon and renewable projects since 2012, and the council has cut its own emissions by 71 per cent since 2005.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “City Leap is a world first. 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.

“The inclusion of Bristol Energy is integral to delivering smart energy propositions utilising City Leap’s projects by weaving a number of technologies together, helping to ensure that the company continues to deliver clean energy and social value for local people.”