Bristol’s 472,000+ citizens and 18,000+ businesses and organisations are responsible for the emission of ~5,000,000 tonnes of Carbon dioxide (equivalent) per year (CO2e,. )
What is CO2e and why do we use it?
One tonne of emissions abbreviated as CO2e, is roughly equivalent to driving a car 2,500 miles or heating an average home for 5 months.
Carbon dioxide is just one gas responsible for climate change, there are others for example methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gasses. CO2e is a measure which includes all gases but is calculated to make them comparable, so is a more powerful way of measuring emissions globally as well as for a city context.
Bristol’s carbon emissions
Bristol has a citywide ambition to be carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2030 described by the city’s One City Climate Strategy. To achieve this – every business, organisation and citizen will need to reduce their own carbon emissions, so please encourage your employer to support the city’s ambitions. See what other actions you can take here.
Bristol City Council have been working with ClimateView to create a scenario for what Bristol’s emissions are likely to be in 2030, based on a wide range of evidence and expertise. This scenario is based on what the future looks like today, but increased action at local, regional and national levels could significantly change this picture. The independent Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change recently released a report reviewing the progress to date of the One City Climate Strategy.