Bristol
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

February 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

November 2018

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ data.climateemergency.uk

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CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

1,295,269 tonnes

People in the local area

465,866

CO2 per person per year

2.8 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

2,451,800 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2020).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2018
2019
2020

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 1042 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Bristol:

Black & Green Ambassadors

Ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative.

Bristol
  • Greater fairness
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Bristol Community Energy

Growing renewable energy in the South West, offering benefits to locals.

Bristol
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Finance

WBD EnviroNovember

Implementing Womble Bond Dickinson's EnviroNovember calendar to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Transport

Herschel Infrared

Reducing carbon with Paul Morey from Herschel Infrared on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Wiper & True

Working with suppliers to reduce emissions from the supply chain.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Energy

Proctor & Stevenson

Installing EV charge points and solar PV for the company's vehicles.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Transport
  • Energy

Burges Salmon

Switching to renewables, minimising waste and developing a credible offset scheme.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Sweet Construct

Reducing carbon with Linda Sweet from Sweet Construct on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Developing an innovative, on-shore wind turbine by and for the local community.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Pentagon Sport

Reducing energy use, carbon emissions and energy costs using a Green Business Grant.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Great Western Credit Union

Reducing carbon with Sim Ilyas from Great Western Credit Union on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Finance

Business West

Reducing carbon with Nina Skubala from Business West on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Cubik Innovation

Reducing carbon with Ian Binder on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Amschela

Showing that the luxury fashion industry can promote environmentally sustainable practices.

Bristol
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Future Leap

Reducing carbon with Katherine Piper from Future Leap on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy