Council action on climate change

Council action on climate change

How we play our part in achieving Bristol’s climate goals

Climate Emergency

We've been working hard over the past 15 years to help the city reduce its contribution to climate change and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

In November 2018 the City Councillors and Mayor declared a Climate Emergency. 

The Mayor has now developed an initial plan of action in response to this:

This initial action plan provided funding to work with partners and stakeholders to develop a climate strategy for the city.

One City Climate Strategy

Bristol’s Environmental Sustainability Board came together to develop a climate strategy for the city. The result is the One City Climate Strategy released on 26 February 2020. 

Overview of the strategy

The strategy is a city-wide, shared vision and not owned by any single organisation. 

The strategy is comprehensive, addressing both the direct and indirect sources of the emissions that are responsible for climate change. 

It looks at the wider carbon footprints of residents and businesses caused by the things we buy from around the world. The strategy considers some of the ways to reduce this broader footprint. 

The strategy also outlines some of the necessary actions to reduce emissions as well as actions to adapt to extreme weather events as a result of climate change, which are expected to increase in the future. 

Finally, the strategy recognises that to achieve these goals, Bristol needs action from the UK Government and the wider world.

Review and endorsement 

An independent advisory committee, the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change, reviewed the strategy and the evidence. More information on the committee can be found on the One City website.

The Mayor formally endorsed the One City Climate Strategy on behalf of Bristol City Council on 3 March 2020.

We'll now prepare an action plan to ensure we meet our part in delivering the strategy. 

Supporting evidence

Research commissioned for the new strategy includes:

Supporting evidence

The CO2 emission baseline report is the evidence base for the Mayor's Climate Emergency Action plan:

The baseline report sets out where the city’s emissions come from and how big they are, it also estimates what they will look like by 2030 if no action is taken beyond what is already planned.