West of England Combined Authority becomes newest supporting member of Bristol Green Capital Partnership
23rd May 2023
This collaboration coincides with Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s plans to explore opportunities for engagement across the region and to incorporate learnings and insight from neighbouring places into our projects, particularly the Community Climate Action Project and Climate Action Programme.
In 2023, the Combined Authority published its ambitious and revised Climate and Ecological Strategy and Action Plan with the following priorities:
- Decarbonise the transport system; reduce car dependency; manage demand; increase cycling, walking, wheeling and public transport; embed nature recovery within transport capital projects
- Increase the energy performance, climate resilience and environmental benefits of buildings and places
- Wildlife and the natural environment are in recovery, with their decline halted and in line with the West of England Nature Partnership the abundance of wildlife has increased by 30%.
- Help all businesses become more sustainable and resilient to meet our 2030 objectives; help low carbon sector businesses and ensure local people benefit from growth in the green economy.
- Work to decarbonise the energy system and increase local renewable energy
- Take action to accelerate and ensure we are adapting to a changing climate and increase climate resilience across our region
These areas of work are aligned with the Partnership’s mission to “catalyse collective citywide action towards a zero carbon, socially just Bristol where our communities and nature thrive” and we very much look forward to promoting relevant opportunities and support for action to Bristol Green Capital Partnership members.
Lizzi Testani, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, says, “We are delighted that West of England Combined Authority has come on board as a supporting member. The businesses and communities we work with are generating useful insights about the opportunities for and barriers to widespread action and we are delighted that the Combined Authority feels these are valuable to the delivery of its strategy. In turn, we are excited to get a better understanding of regional opportunities to accelerate a just transition.”
Roger Hoare, Head of Environment at the Combined Authority, says, “I am really pleased that we are able to strengthen our support for Bristol Green Capital Partnership. We have shared goals of working towards a socially just net zero transition, where our communities and nature thrives. I hope that we can help bring the Partnership’s expertise and insight to a wider audience across the West of England”
Join Bristol Green Capital Partnership and the Combined Authority at our next Green Mingle, taking place on 1 June at Bristol Beacon, to hear more from Matt Landick, Project Manager about the Combined Authorities work and the Low Carbon Business Support currently available.
- Bristol Green Capital Partnership is supported by Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Water, Burges Salmon, Business West The Initiative, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Resource Futures, Triodos Bank, Sustrans, Unite South West, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol and The West of England Combined Authority. To find out more about opportunities to work with us visit https://bristolgreencapital.org/who-we-are/work-with-us/
- Read the 2023 West of England Climate and Ecological Strategy and Action plan
- Read more about the Partnership’s Community Climate Action Project
- Read more about the Partnership’s Climate Action Programme for businesses and organisations