Accelerating progress towards a carbon neutral Bristol

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We The Curious

Anchor Road

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This special Bristol Green Capital Partnership gathering will explore how to accelerate progress towards a carbon neutral Bristol on an inclusive basis.

Prompted by the latest scientific evidence on the impacts of climate change, last November Bristol City Council unanimously passed a motion in full council declaring a ‘climate emergency’. The motion called for the city to be put on a course to being carbon neutral by 2030. That requires carbon emissions caused by the activities of Bristol’s people, institutions and businesses to be reduced to virtually zero in just over a decade, a hugely ambitious goal.

The primary intent of the motion is to accelerate the pace at which we’re collectively making all the changes we already know are required to cut emissions: to scale up, speed up and start up the necessary carbon-cutting actions and to give up doing things which are incompatible with Bristol being a carbon neutral city.

This Partnership gathering will explore what this means for us as a city and as the individuals, communities, businesses and organisations that together are Bristol. It will help attendees consider how they can contribute to this acceleration of progress through the various roles we each play – not least as individuals and families, neighbourhoods and communities, employees and employers, consumers and suppliers, citizens and elected officials and decision-makers.

We aim to take account of a wide range of environmental, social and economic factors, and strongly encourage attendance from organisations and businesses from all sectors, and those actively working in areas such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable food, active travel and sustainable transport, nature and biodiversity, resources and circular economy.

A range of speakers will set the scene for Bristol’s accelerating progress towards carbon neutrality, with inspiring case studies of community action, business leadership and game-changing initiatives. Roundtable discussions will enable attendees to understand the scale and potential for change, consider and commit to actions they can take, and identify what conditions would enable even faster progress towards carbon neutrality within their homes, communities, organisations and sectors.

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Arrive from 8.45am for registration, refreshments, stalls and networking

09.05 – 09.40

Setting the scene for Bristol’s carbon neutral journey

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Simon Roberts, Chief Executive of Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Dr Joanna House, Co-Chair Cabot: Global Environmental Change and Director Climate Change Science and Policy MSc at the University of Bristol
  • Matthew Doran, Bright Green Future programme
  • Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley – Ujima Radio and Green & Black Ambassadors

09.40 – 10.10

Inspiring action & accelerating change

  • De-carbonising the bus fleet – James Freeman, Managing Director, First West of England
  • Our commitment to a carbon neutral future – Vicky Murray, Sustainability Manager, Pukka Herbs Ltd
  • Sustainable healthcare that doesn’t cost the earthSam Willitts, Energy and Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bristol City Council’s ambition – Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport and Energy
  • Low carbon homes – Kate Watson, Centre for Sustainable Energy ‘Futureproof’ project
  • Community action in Lawrence Weston – David Tudgey, Bristol Energy Network
  • Green Entertainment and the Power of Sport – Peter Smith, Project and Asset Manager, Ashton Gate Stadium

10.10 – 12.00

Roundtable discussions to consider the potential for change, actions we can take, and what conditions would enable even faster progress towards carbon neutrality:

  • What can we do now, within current conditions, that will make sure tomorrow is different from today (and in the right way)?
  • What actions can you commit now to start, stop, change or accelerate to reduce carbon usage as individuals and families, neighbourhoods and communities, employees and employers, consumers and suppliers, citizens and elected officials and decision-makers.
  • What do you need others to do that would ‘open the floodgates’ for speeding-up and scaling-up your actions and make it more likely for others to act too?

12.00 – 12.30

Sharing learnings and close

Ujima Radio will also be broadcasting live throughout the event, as part of a specially programmed Green & Black radio show featuring carbon neutral related discussion and interviews.

Please note:

Bristol Green Capital Partnership is committed to inclusion and diversity, and we strive to keep our events and activities free to participants from both our membership network and beyond. However, we do recognise that some individuals may be excluded from being able to attend events due to unavoidable expenses (for example, travel, childcare or carer costs). If you would like to attend the event but require support to cover such expenses, please get in touch with Vicki at Bristol Green Capital Partnership: contact@bristolgreencapital.org.

We The Curious is fully accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users, and there is a hearing loop available for attendees.

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