Green Tech South West welcomes James Sterling, Communications, Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Bristol City Council, to explain all about City Leap – an exciting new approach to accelerating green energy investment in Bristol and helping us achieve our net zero carbon ambitions.
Like all cities, Bristol’s energy system is set to undergo a transformation. City Leap has the potential to facilitate this change by use of real time data, investment in energy storage and distributed energy generation to create a genuinely smart energy system for Bristol. Bristol can become a focal point for new low carbon technologies and smart energy systems, opening up the prospect of fast deployment of new services and technologies at scale.
City Leap interventions will have an impact on many aspects of life for Bristol residents including the way people move around the city e.g. EV charging points, and the way we power and heat our homes e.g. mass roll out of solar panels, expanding the city’s heat network and decarbonising our social housing stock. This will lead to improved air quality and the creation of local jobs in energy and related supply chains.
For investors and partners, City Leap will offer a competitive return on investments, the chance to create and test new energy propositions and business models which are replicable at a national and international scale.
James heads up the Communications, Engagement and Partnerships workstream for Bristol City Council’s Energy Service. He’s worked on some key sustainability projects including European Green Capital, Bristol Community Energy Fund and more recently on Bristol’s pioneering new City Leap initiative – aiming to attract £1bn investment to transform the local energy system.
With a strong background in communications and an unmatched passion for sustainability, James has been an instrumental champion for his city’s green efforts over the years, ensuring collective action to keep Bristol on track to be the UK’s first carbon neutral city.
You can read our short interview with James ahead of his talk.
Watch the event video
To make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, here’s the key timings in the video:
👋 08:25 – A welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike with a brief overview of GTSW and what we’re about
📢 14:15 – Our famous 60 second intros – a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting
💚 26:10 – Anthony and Louise’s talk
❓ 52:25 – Q&A session
🗓️ 01:04:00 – Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement
❓ 01:13:04 – Final round of questions.
One of the perks of holding events online, and having such a wonderful and engaging community, is we share a huge amount of useful resources and information throughout the event. Here’s a summary of what we unearthed.
James Stirling’s slides
Browse James’ slides below:James-Sterling-GTSW-slides.pptx
Links & Resources
- Bristol City Leap
- Clean air zone map for Bristol
- Clean air zone map for Bath
- The Alan Turing Institute – Climate Action at the Turing
- Greener Hours
- Legacy Events sustainable events platform
- Global Good Awards 2021
- The City Leap Prospectus
- Bristol Climate Hub