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Inspiration and motivation at the Climate Action Programme launch


On 7th April over 170 attendees – representing 100+ organisations – joined the launch of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Climate Action Programme – dedicated to supporting organisations  reducing their carbon emissions. In addition to learning about the programme, attendees heard from three exceptional speakers.

Read on for a short summary of the event and access to the full recording, resources and links shared on the day.

Lizzi Testani, COO of the Partnership, kickstarted the morning by highlighting the Partnership’s journey on Climate Action so far, the challenges of the pandemic, and the increasing importance of tackling the climate crisis among organisations communities, and residents within the city. This set  the context in which the programme has come about, before introducing the event’s headline speaker, Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest.

 “…we now have the clearest picture of our pathway as a city to become carbon neutral and climate resilient – and now is the time for us to collaborate, deliver and transform the city” – Lizzi Testani

Alison spoke about why and how NatWest has made Climate Action a top priority at the organisation, why it decided to back the Partnership’s new programme as a sponsor, and highlighted its commitment to supporting business customers transition to a low carbon world.

Guest speaker Dr Alix Dietzel of the University of Bristol gave the global and national context for climate action by organisations and championed the need for Climate Justice. In her presentation, Alix noted an encouraging trend of non-state actors responding to Climate Change and the importance of their actions.

With COP26 hopefully taking place this year in the UK, the potential opportunities for change as we recover from the pandemic and Bristol’s recently refreshed One City Plan, Alix’s concluding message was clear – that 2021 is a key year for Climate Action.

As the Elected Director of the Partnership and member of the One City Environment Board, Jessica Ferrow wrapped up the talks with a rousing insight into the local context and key developments in Bristol, highlighting that change is already happening but that it needs to happen faster, with more people and organisations involved.

Questions from the attendees prompted a fruitful Q&A session with the panel covering a spread of topics.

Lizzi then gave an overview of the Climate Action Programme, which aims to support organisations to reduce their carbon emissions, no matter their starting point. This will include a series of events, resources and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on different topics. Booking is now open for the first Climate Action breakfast, and the first guide and Spotlight On…article were launched (see links below).

George Sandilands, co-founder of Spherics, a new startup in Bristol, spoke about its new digital tool to help businesses to measure, mitigate and manage their environmental impact. As part of the Climate Action Programme, Partnership members have the opportunity to try the platform for free for six month.

The event ended with an inspiring and motivating video compilation of Climate Action by a range of organisations in Bristol. We really recommend giving it a watch!



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