Bristol City Leap is a world first, game-changing approach towards decarbonisation at city-scale. The City Leap Energy Partnership is a twenty-year joint venture between Bristol City Council, Ameresco and Vattenfall Heat UK which will enable the delivery of over £1 billion of investment into Bristol’s energy system.
Put simply, this means a transformative boost in the amount of renewable energy and decarbonised heat powering our city, which in turn means a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
During the first five years of the partnership, nearly £500 million will be invested in a range of large infrastructure projects including the significant expansion of Bristol’s award-winning Heat Network that provides local businesses and residents with access to reliable, affordable low carbon heat from sustainable sources. Solar panels and low carbon heating systems will be installed at local schools, the council’s social housing will be made more energy efficient to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, and substantial investment will go into community-owned renewable energy projects to help residents play a part in Bristol’s journey to carbon neutrality.
An initiative with social value at its heart
We’ve estimated that Bristol City Leap will deliver a minimum of £61.5m of social value to the city over the next five years including over 1,000 new jobs, apprenticeships and work placements, a new Community Energy Development Fund worth £1.5m. In addition, the initiative will ensure that City Leap Energy Partnership staff, and any sub-contractors within the supply chain, are paid at least the Real Living Wage.
Our five-year plan
We have published a summary of our Initial Business Plan which covers the range of projects and activities that Bristol City Leap will deliver over the next five years. Highlights from our Initial Business Plan are: