In Bristol, addressing climate change is not a new issue. Since 2005, Bristol City Council’s carbon emissions have dropped by nearly 80% and we’re on track for being ‘carbon neutral’ by 2025. We’ve made our buildings more energy efficient, invested in renewable energy infrastructure, bought cleaner energy and updated street lighting.
To encourage more people to recycle, Bristol Waste has opened the city’s first ever reuse shop at Avonmouth Recycling Centre. The reuse shop sells everything from wooden tables and chairs to TVs and game consoles which are all saved from going to landfill**.
Money raised from sales goes back into Reuse and a third of profits go to charity. By buying items or donating items, you’re contributing towards reducing single-use and throw-away culture and helping out those in need.
** Due to government Covid-19 restrictions, the Reuse Shop in Avonmouth is closed for the lockdown period. If possible, please store items at home until the shop is able to reopen.**
Measuring and managing their environmental impact
Bristol is a growing city. It is important to monitor and manage the effects of growth on our environment. Through its ISO 14001 accreditation, Bristol City Council has its own Environmental Management System. This allows us to measure positive and negative impacts on the environment across all our buildings, sites and activities. Some of the thing we measure include:
We collect data in annual performance reports to identify our environmental impact and help us become more environmentally-friendly. By 2018/19 we had reduced emissions by 77% against our baseline year of 2005/06.