Energy and environment

We are committed to improving the local environment and helping to protect it for the future. We recognise that our wide range of activities and services have positive and negative impacts upon the environment, and that we have a leading role to play in creating a sustainable city.

To achieve this goal an Environmental Policy is in place (pdf, 106 KB) (opens new window) . We have also implemented an Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).  This is an independently verified environmental management system across most of our services to make sure that we:

  • identify all our environmental impacts
  • comply with environmental legislation and
  • continually improve our environmental performance.

In 2012, the Council won the EU EMAS Award for water management, in recognition of the improvements it has made in reducing its water consumption and improving the quality of Bristol's rivers and streams. You can read more about it in this case study. (pdf, 449 KB) (opens new window)