Bristol smashes emissions target

Wed 13 March 2019, 2:44 pm

Bristol City Council has reached a key carbon emissions target two years ahead of schedule, it was revealed this month (March).

Broughton House Energy Centre Pipework 16 2015 - image by Chris Bahn

The council’s aim was to cut down emissions by 65% by 2020, and it achieved this target two years early, with a reduction of 71% in 2017/18.  

It has invested in renewable energy infrastructure such as wind turbines and solar panels, as well as making its buildings more energy-efficient and promoting use of electric vehicles.

The council is working on a number of energy projects that will help the city to reduce its carbon footprint, which includes heat networks providing low carbon heat to parts of the city. 

This month (March), it also took the step of reducing single-use plastics at City Hall, by encouraging workers and visitors to drink from a reusable cup.

A second water fountain has been installed on the first floor of City Hall, which has become a refill station where members of the public can fill water bottles. 

Councillor Steve Pearce, cabinet member for waste, said: “The museums have got rid of most plastics for sale, some of our cafes and parks have made similar changes and refill stations are popping up around the city. If we are all committed to making just one change in behaviour, the difference would be significant.”