Bristol’s trailblazing Green Capital Partnership turns 10

“We can do it.” Those were the words of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Chief Executive, Ian Townsend, as he talked about the target for Bristol to be climate neutral by 2050. Actually, it turns out we’re on track to meet that target – cause for celebration – and there were many more.

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Bristol Green Capital Partnership 10th anniversary celebrations – Photo by Simon Galloway

The Greenhouse team has spent the last few months supporting the Partnership as they prepared for their tenth anniversary. Yesterday, over 200 people representing BGCP’s diverse membership – which encompasses the city’s private, public and third sectors – along with chairs and directors past and present, gathered in At-Bristol to mark a decade of citywide collaboration.

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Bristol Green Capital partnership 10th Anniversary event – Photo by Simon Galloway

Widely recognised as the largest city-level partnership of its kind in the world, the Partnership has grown from 12 founding members to over 800, all committed to making Bristol more sustainable.

As well as reflecting on the Partnership’s key achievements over the last decade, the event set out ambitious plans for a sustainable future Bristol, encompassing the five themes of nature, transport, energy, food and resources:

  • a world leading city in active travel
  • the first city for sustainable energy in Britain
  • the UK’s sustainable food capital
  • a nature rich city that leads the world, and
  • a leading circular economy city

Ian concluded proceedings with a rallying cry:

“Cities are increasingly in the front line for climate change and environmental sustainability – picking up the baton that national governments seem to be dropping.

“Look at how US cities and businesses stepped up following the announcement pulling them out of the Paris Agreement: an agreement that Bristol was there helping to create and at which we made our carbon neutral 2050 pledge.

“Let’s continue our journey over the next 10 years, developing our unique and special Partnership here, in this, our city of Bristol, which will then inspire the rest of the UK, and the world.”

To find out more and help make the vision for a sustainable Bristol a reality, visit www.bristolgreencapital.org and become a member.

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