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Feedback wanted to help ensure City Leap is people-centred

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Paul Phare has worked in the community energy sector since 2003. He was involved with the first community owned wind farm in Scotland and won the prestigious Ashden Award for his organisation’s involvement. Paul is a founding member of Edinburgh Community Solar Co-op, the largest community owned rooftop solar project in the UK and a founding member and Chair of Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Society, a 500kw project in Perthshire. In the blog post below, Paul calls for feedback about ideas to ensure people are at the heart of City Leap.

You may be aware that Bristol City Council was the first to declare a climate emergency, but have you heard about City Leap, the plan to transition Bristol to net-zero by 2030? This is no small task and is estimated to cost somewhere in the region of twelve billion pounds.

So where is all that money coming from? The Council’s solution (which has been agreed by Cabinet) is to find a Joint Venture partner with both the expertise and finance to deliver net-zero. This is essentially a public/private partnership which is deemed to be the most expedient path given the timescales and lack of public funding.

The Council is making sure Social Value is a big part of the City Leap contract and that is where we come in. A consortium of organisations that have been involved in Bristol’s sustainable efforts for many years have come together to work out how we can make the best of this opportunity, including Bristol Energy Network, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol Energy Co-op and others.

Our aim is to make sure that people are at the heart of the transition – that we can help make it happen and can benefit from it. We have an idea and here’s how you can help; we have three basic asks:

  1. To create a fund that enables communities to develop their own carbon reduction projects
  2. That the people of Bristol can invest their own money into City Leap projects
  3. That we have a democratic say in how the transition happens

We would like feedback from you, whether you represent a community, an organisation or yourself. Please help us form our ideas by completing this survey. This is our chance to be part of the process and your support is greatly appreciated.

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