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About Bristol Climate Hub

Bristol Climate Hub was launched in November 2020, as part of the One City initiative – a partnership model designed to help Bristol come together to resolve complex issues.

Earlier this year, the One City Environment Board produced the One City Climate Strategy – Bristol’s overall framework to Net Zero by 2030.

The council’s Climate Action Survey showed that while people in Bristol care deeply about the environment, many people lack the information and confidence they need to make positive changes.

Bristol Climate Hub is helping residents and business owners make informed decisions through taking action to reduce their own household and business carbon footprints. Each suggestion on this website has its own rating, to give an idea of how impactful every action is.

We may feel small taking action as individuals, households or even organisations, but when we work together as a city we can make a big difference. We all have a part to play in reducing Bristol’s carbon footprint – and this website is a good place to start.

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Climate change and Bristol

Bristol is a city that cares about its environmental impact. Over 700 of you responded to the Climate Action Survey, with 81% of residents responding to say they were very concerned about climate change.

In 2018, Bristol declared a climate emergency and we started to explore how to meet our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. In 2020, we also declared an ecological emergency in response to the growing threats to our wildlife and ecosystems.

Bristol is a comparatively good city for cycling and recycling, but there is still much more we can do to lower the effects of climate issues and pollution. These are problems that need us all to pull together in Bristol to solve them – not just individually, but in our communities, businesses, charities and local government.

How can you make a difference?

Take our climate quiz to get suggestions that are right for you.

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How can you make a difference?

Take our climate quiz to get suggestions that are right for you.

Start quiz here

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Your carbon footprint

We have all heard of climate change by now. You might even have noticed more and more reports of flooding, abnormally hot weather (hard to believe in the UK sometimes!) and other extreme weather events.

These events will affect older people, the least well off and the most vulnerable disproportionately. Knock-on effects like food prices increasing, overheating and effects on industry, jobs and the economy are all likely to be felt the most by those already experiencing inequality.

Example of WWF Carbon Footprint scales results
Example of WWF Carbon Footprint dounut chart

A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases – mostly carbon dioxide – that you release into the atmosphere through… well basically living. All humans have one, so it’s important not to feel guilty about it. Different activities produce different amounts of greenhouse gases, such as driving a car or flying on a plane, to less obvious things like buying groceries and running the washing machine in your home. Anything you do that uses fuel – directly or indirectly – contributes to your carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gases are causing the earth to become warmer, which in turn is causing sea levels to rise and extreme weather events like heat waves, flooding and wildfires. Rising sea levels are even threatening the existence of entire countries.

For a really simple explanation of climate change, visit the BBC website.

Whether we measure our carbon footprint as a city, business, family or individual – we all have a responsibility to prevent waste, protect our environment and reduce our footprint where we can. This will help slow the effects of climate change and keep our communities safe and healthy.

There are many online tools which can help you work out your carbon footprint, such as the CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology) guide or the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s footprint calculator.