The aim of City Leap is to create a series of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities that will help to create a healthier and fairer city for all our residents, helping to create jobs, maintain our economic competitiveness, de-carbonise the city, build strong partnerships and empower communities to take their future into their own hands.

The City Leap is outlined in a Prospectus document with a call out to organisations, investors and innovators – an opportunity to deliver something truly transformative for Bristol, building a citywide energy system that will protect the environment and improve the quality of life for people in local communities. The prospectus is designed to test the market and lays out big ambitions and opportunities, building on the work and innovative pilot schemes already taking place in the city.

Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy and Waste, said:

“Bristol is already internationally recognised as a leading energy city, but now we’re looking to take things to the next level and we need partners to join us on this journey. City Leap sets out a diverse range of opportunities which could be available for businesses and will allow us to explore possibilities which wouldn’t be open to us working alone. We want to use our role as local government to act as a catalyst for change. In return for partnering with us, businesses would get a chance to shape the future of the city’s energy system and unlock opportunities to gain a return on their initial investment.”

The largest investment opportunities are in the areas of heat networks* (£300m) and domestic energy efficiency (£300m). Over the next decade the council hopes to expand the city’s existing heat network and facilitate the development of a large-scale heat network from Avonmouth to Severnside. Domestic energy efficiency work will focus on addressing fuel poverty and enabling households to insulate their properties to reduce the costs of heating their homes.

Collaborations are also sought on a smart energy system, which could include development of a ‘Bristol Battery’ to link in with local and national energy transmission networks, as well as projects focused on commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy. There are also opportunities for businesses which specialise in monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership said:

“City Leap is an important initiative to ensure that Bristol stays on track to meet its carbon neutral 2050 target while also solving our city’s energy, environmental and other challenges. We are incredibly fortunate that Bristol is so engaged with environmental sustainability and energy issues. We are pleased to join this exciting partnership, which builds on 11 years of collaboration and innovation of and among the 800+ members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership from across sectors, all working towards the shared vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. This includes the city’s vibrant community energy scene which will play an important role in shaping Bristol’s sustainable future. The Partnership looks forward to helping to engage the city in the positive change the City Leap will bring to Bristol and its communities.”

Since 2005, Bristol City Council has delivered a wide programme of energy efficiency and investment initiatives, investing tens of millions of pounds in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency and meeting the 2020 corporate carbon reduction target three years early.

Register your interest

The City Leap prospectus is just a starting point and the council is also welcoming new ideas to help it reach its goals.

More information and the full City Leap Prospectus document can be found on council’s Energy Service website.

Register your interest and download the prospectus here.