Bristol takes further action in pursuit of climate neutrality
The city will have a further 10 million pounds at its disposal for the development of low-carbon heating networks
- March 19, 2020 17:30
- Anton Stoyanov
Bristol City Council is ready to act on yet another one of the main problems in the urban area in terms of sustainability and environmental impact – namely the city’s district heating system.
Thanks to a funding boost provided by the United Kingdom’s central government, local authorities will be able to begin work on making the local heating network more accessible and more environmentally friendly.
Government funding for sustainability
The funding provided by central authorities amounts to a total of 10 million pounds and will serve two main purposes:
- On the one hand, it will broaden the scope of the entirety of Bristol’s district heating network. The funding will allow the City Council to expand the range of the underground pipes that provide heating to the homes of citizens and thus reduce the reliance of locals on alternative non-state heating providers.
- On the other hand, the agreement between local and central authorities recognized the need to transform Bristol’s district heating network into a more environmentally-friendly supplier. Thus, the funding will be used for the creation of new alternative sources of energy that do not pollute the environment and allow for authorities to tap into sustainable and green solutions – like for example, the water supply available at Bristol’s floating harbour.
Bristol’s local authorities have a proven track record of aiming high when it comes to achieving climate change targets. Not only did it become the first city in the UK to declare a climate emergency, but officials have also been developing and preparing a vast range of solutions that will help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and prepare the city for a green transition.
Making the city’s heating network carbon neutral is a vital step towards achieving carbon neutrality and it should come as no surprise that it has become a priority for local authorities.
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