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Business Breakfast: Bristol's 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal

  • Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 - 07:45 to Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 - 10:00
  • The Foundation, Triodos Bank, Deanery Rd, Bristol, BS1 5AS
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • bristol, sme, start up, business, professional, environmental, sustainability


The Future Economy Network is delighted to welcome representatives from Bristol City Council, Triodos Bank, The University of the West of England (UWE) & Ricardo Energy & Environment to discuss how Bristol will achieve its 2030 carbon neutrality goal. This event has been sponsored by Triodos bank & will be hosted by them in The Foundation.

Philip Bazin, Head of Environment Team at Triodos Bank UK Limited will explain the role financial institutions have to play in financing the transition to carbon neutrality and what initiatives are needed to ensure that their capital is invested sustainably. He will also speak about how financial institutions can help by focusing on linking with local partners in their local communities to help deliver the funding required by local schemes and will provide Bristol based sustainable energy and sustainable housing examples of how this can be done in.

Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager at Bristol City Council will explain the Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency and its new ambition for the City to become Carbon Neutral by 2030.  He will share insights and evidence on the scale of this challenge and the crucial role of business in achieving this goal.  He will explain some of the action being taken by the city council and how this will create new opportunities for businesses who can supply sustainable and low carbon solutions.

“Beyond Bristol – lessons and best practices from the international community and the role of cities in driving global mitigation efforts”

Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE. Towards a Carbon Neutral Bristol – some case study observations from Urban ID. In this presentation, some of the findings of the Carbon Neutrality Theme of the Bristol Urban Integrated Diagnostics Pilot Project (Urban ID) will be presented.   The carbon neutrality theme was one of five case studies within Urban ID which was one of a small number of projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Urban Living Consortium to explore sustainability in city contexts. Urban ID brought together researchers from the two universities in Bristol, representatives of Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, community groups and firms to explore and co-create means of diagnosing urban sustainability problems. 

The carbon neutrality theme explored a number of key themes

•             What does ‘carbon neutrality’ mean 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 three scopes of carbon emissions (energy use; energy supply; consumption of goods and services)?

•             Can we 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?

Urban ID has concluded that in order to develop a pathway to carbon neutrality for the Bristol urban area there are key   questions to be addressed:

1) What is   carbon budget for the urban area associated with energy production and use in the city region across different sectors – energy supply, domestic, transport, industrial and commercial?

2) What are the current emissions from Scopes 1, 2 and 3 (energy use, energy supply, consumption of goods and services)?

3) What are the ‘business as usual’ projections for emissions to 2030 and 2050 and how do these differ from a carbon neutral pathway?

4) What mitigation actions are needed in different sectors to ‘zero’ the per-capita emissions value and how can carbon budgets assist with this?

5) What is the embedded carbon in goods and services consumed and items   purchased in the urban area and is this included in the carbon neutral definition?

6) What level of carbon sequestration is it appropriate to consider to off-set any remaining emissions after mitigation actions across sectors?

7) What are the geographical and economic boundaries of the Bristol Urban Area in relation to the carbon neutrality definition?

8) What is the baseline year and what is the end point/target year for the Bristol Urban Area?

Jim's presentation will discuss the significant challenges confronted by attempts to develop a carbon neutral city and will offer some suggestions as to how the above questions might be addressed.  These will be discussed in the context of the Bristol City Council’s ambition for carbon neutrality by 2030.

Rose Bailey, Principal Technical Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment will discuss drawing on experience working directly with both country and city governments around the world on climate change mitigation strategies, this presentation will discuss the role of cities and sub-national governments in delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement, some of the challenges this presents, and innovative solutions underway in different cities around the world to try to achieve these goals. It will also challenge the concept of carbon neutrality, what it means and what is achievable for cities, with real world examples of how the numbers stack up.


07:45 - 08:00 - Registration and coffee

08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:10 - 08:25 – Phillip Bazin, Triodos Bank

08:25 – 08:45 – Alex Minshull, Bristol City Council

08:45 - 09:05 – Jim Longhurst, UWE

09:05 - 09:25 - Rose Bailey, Ricardo Energy & Environment

09:25 - 09:40 – Q&A

09:40 - 09:45 - 60 second pitches

09:45 – 09:50 - Close

09:50 - 10:30 – Networking and breakfast

Get to know our speakers!

Philip Bazin, Head of Environment Team in Business Banking, Triodos Bank

Phillip has led Triodos’ environment team since 2013. He has extensive experience in project and asset finance in the renewable energy sector, and often speaks at industry events. Before joining Triodos Bank, Philip worked on many large public-sector-led infrastructure projects, including raising finance for energy and waste management projects.

Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager, Bristol City Council

Alex has led Bristol City Council’s sustainability and climate change work for over 10 years.  He has worked with colleagues across the council to ensure that the increasing ambitions of successive leaders and Mayors has been met with increasing action by the City Council.  He has also worked with a  wide range of partners across the city to build the capacity of Bristol to become a sustainable city.  He initiated the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and led the successful bids for Bristol to become European Green Capital.  He is now responsible for leading the Council’s response to the declaration of a Climate Emergency and the setting of new ambition for the city to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.

Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE

Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol. He is the founder and  Executive Director of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre and also provides executive leadership for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Healthy Urban Environments. He has over 30 years’ experience of research leadership specialising in air quality and carbon management. He has published over 250 papers, book chapters and edited works  in the peer reviewed literature. His national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, Honorary Vice President of Environmental Protection UK and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. His research has been supported by many sources including the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, the EU, UK Research Councils (NERC, EPSRC, ESRC), the Environment Agency, the European Environment Agency, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency, the Academy of Sciences of  South Africa   and the European Commission amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Society for the Environment, a Chartered Scientist and one of the first Chartered Environmentalist’s in the UK. 

Rose Bailey, Principal Technical Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Rose is a Principal Techincal Consultant with Ricardo Energy & Environment, a leading global environmental consultancy. She leads the company’s activities on cities and climate change, and works particularly closely with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, providing technical advice and support to global cities on measuring and reporting GHG emissions and developing climate actions, plans and policies. She helped ensure the world’s largest cities were able to meet their climate reporting requirements ahead of COP21 in Paris in December 2015, supporting the strong message from sub-national governments towards the Paris Agreement and is currently the technical lead on a large programme of work, led by C40 and funded by the German Government’s ‘International Climate Initiative’ fund, to support 9 cities in sub-Saharan Africa to develop ambitious climate action plans to achieve carbon neutrality. Rose has also produced city emission calculation and reporting tools, technical and methodology guidance, training courses, and sits on international expert working groups for city GHG and climate change standards for UNHABITAT and the World Bank. Before working for Ricardo, Rose studied and worked at UWE in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) and her EPSRC-CASE funded PhD focused on emission management in the city of Bristol, UK, forecasting emissions based on different policy scenarios and generating future scenarios through a stakeholder consultation process.

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