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Bristol's Carbon Neutrality Journey: An Update

  • Smith and Williamson Portwall Lane Bristol, BS1 6NA (map)

The Future Economy Network is delighted to announce we will be co-hosting this event with Smith & Williamson. We will welcome back representatives from Bristol City Council, Triodos Bank, The University of the West of England (UWE) & Ricardo Energy & Environment to discuss how Bristol's 2030 target has progressed in 6 months. This is a follow up event from 'Bristol's 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal' on the 28th May. This event has been sponsored by City Leap, Bristol City Council.

With over 80 people booked on to our May event, it was not possible to get through the many Q&As posed by our audience so our speakers have kindly agreed to come back during Green Great Britain Week to give an update 6 months on. This quick update will take a PechuKucha style (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide) and we will then open it up to the audience to ask their questions. 

As with all our events, there will be ample opportunity to network both at the beginning and the end of the event. Sustainably-sourced canapés and beverages courtesy of our hosts, Smith and Williamson, will be available throughout the networking session.


18:00 - 18:30 - Drinks reception

18:30 - 18:35 - James Sterling, City Leap, Bristol City Council

18:35 - 18:40 - Philip Bazin, Triodos Bank

18:40 - 18:45 - Alex Minshull, Bristol City Council

18:45 - 18:50 - Jim Longhurst, UWE

18:50 - 18:55 - Rose Bailey, Ricardo Energy & Environment

18:55 - 19:40 - Panel Discussion

19:40 - 20:30 - Networking & nibbles

Get to know our speakers!

James Sterling, Communications, Engagement and Partnerships Manager, Bristol City Council

James heads up the Communications, Engagement and Partnerships workstream for Bristol City Council’s Energy Service. He’s worked on some key city projects including European Green Capital 2015, Bristol Community Energy Fund and more recently the City Leap initiative. With a strong background in communications and an unmatched passion for sustainability, James has been an instrumental champion for the city’s green efforts over the years, ensuring collective action to keep Bristol on track for carbon neutrality.

Philip Bazin, Head of Environment Team in Business Banking, Triodos Bank

Phillip has led Triodos’ environment team since 2013. He has extensive experience in project and asset finance in the renewable energy sector, and often speaks at industry events. Before joining Triodos Bank, Philip worked on many large public-sector-led infrastructure projects, including raising finance for energy and waste management projects.

Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager, Bristol City Council

Alex has led Bristol City Council’s sustainability and climate change work for over 10 years. He has worked with colleagues across the council to ensure that the increasing ambitions of successive leaders and Mayors has been met with increasing action by the City Council. He has also worked with a wide range of partners across the city to build the capacity of Bristol to become a sustainable city. He initiated the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and led the successful bids for Bristol to become European Green Capital. He is now responsible for leading the Council’s response to the declaration of a Climate Emergency and the setting of new ambition for the city to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.

Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE

Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre and also provides executive leadership for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Healthy Urban Environments. He has over 30 years’ experience of research leadership specialising in air quality and carbon management. He has published over 250 papers, book chapters and edited works in the peer reviewed literature. His national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, Honorary Vice President of Environmental Protection UK and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. His research has been supported by many sources including the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, the EU, UK Research Councils (NERC, EPSRC, ESRC), the Environment Agency, the European Environment Agency, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency, the Academy of Sciences of South Africa and the European Commission amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Society for the Environment, a Chartered Scientist and one of the first Chartered Environmentalist’s in the UK.

Rose Bailey, Principal Technical Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Rose is a Principal Techincal Consultant with Ricardo Energy & Environment, a leading global environmental consultancy. She leads the company’s activities on cities and climate change, and works particularly closely with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, providing technical advice and support to global cities on measuring and reporting GHG emissions and developing climate actions, plans and policies. She helped ensure the world’s largest cities were able to meet their climate reporting requirements ahead of COP21 in Paris in December 2015, supporting the strong message from sub-national governments towards the Paris Agreement and is currently the technical lead on a large programme of work, led by C40 and funded by the German Government’s ‘International Climate Initiative’ fund, to support 9 cities in sub-Saharan Africa to develop ambitious climate action plans to achieve carbon neutrality. Rose has also produced city emission calculation and reporting tools, technical and methodology guidance, training courses, and sits on international expert working groups for city GHG and climate change standards for UNHABITAT and the World Bank. Before working for Ricardo, Rose studied and worked at UWE in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) and her EPSRC-CASE funded PhD focused on emission management in the city of Bristol, UK, forecasting emissions based on different policy scenarios and generating future scenarios through a stakeholder consultation process.

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