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Our Future: A Vision for an Environmentally Sustainable Bristol

Launched in early 2019, this document sets out a series of ambitious yet achievable actions and timelines across our five themes: energy, food, nature, resources and transport, which were developed in close collaboration with Partnership member specialists. These give detail to the Partnership’s long-standing shared high-level vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all.

Download Our Future here.

Urban ID

Urban ID brought together researchers from the two universities in Bristol, representatives of Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol Health Partners, community groups and companies to explore and co-create means of diagnosing urban sustainability problems and potential solutions. The carbon neutral city theme explored four key questions: • What does ‘carbon neutrality’ means for the Bristol Urban Area (and what is the Bristol Urban Area) and over what timescale should such a vision be achieved? • What are the barriers to decarbonisation across the three scopes of carbon emissions (energy use; energy supply; consumption of goods and services)? • Can Urban ID co-design top-level aims and aspirations for the Bristol Urban Area in relation to carbon neutrality up to 2050? • Can carbon neutrality for the Bristol Urban Area include ‘all embodied carbon’ as well as emissions from energy use and supply?

Read the report here.

Bristol Method+

The ‘Bristol Method’ was the learning sharing element of European Green Capital 2015, offering case studies to help those in other cities across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. These reports featured many Bristol Green Capital Partnership member organisations and projects, and we have committed to publish new ‘Bristol Method+’ reports to share new learnings since then.

Find all the reports here.

2015 – The Economics of Low Carbon Cities, A Mini-Stern Review for the City of Bristol

This report reviews the cost and carbon effectiveness of a wide range of the low carbon options that could be applied at the local level in households, industry, commerce and transport. It then explores the scope for their deployment, the associated investment needs, financial returns and carbon savings, and the implications for the economy and employment.

Download the Mini-Stern Review & read the 2017 update of Mini-Stern data here.

2011 – Bristol’s Green Roots

Bristol’s Green Roots was a Schumacher Institute project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It documented the history of Bristol’s modern environmental movement to make sure that the achievements, successes and lessons learned over the past four decades are recorded for future generations.

The project drew on the thoughts, perspectives and memories of more than a hundred people who have worked to make the city, and the world, a more sustainable, people friendly and equal place.

Read a brief history of Bristol Green Capital Partnership from the author of Bristol’s Green Roots, or download a full copy of Bristol’s Green Roots 

2011 – Who Feeds Bristol

The ‘Who Feeds Bristol’ report identified the the need for a holistic approach to understanding the food system and the need to understand strengths and vulnerabilities in each component of the food system. In order to help nurture and drive the change needed, Bristol set up a ‘Food Policy Council’ for the City in 2011.

Read more here.

2010 – Peak Oil Report

In 2009 a report about peak oil and Bristol was commissioned by Bristol City Council and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership momentum group called ‘Building a positive future for Bristol after Peak Oil’.

Download the Peak Oil Report

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