Bristol is aiming to share the city’s expertise at delivering decarbonisation projects to neighbouring local authorities and public sector organisations via a new partnership as they continue their own push towards tackling climate change.
The city council’s Energy Service, which has led Bristol’s efforts to address the climate emergency, has launched the initiative to support organisations across the South West, with the new Decarbonisation Partnership Framework offering assistance and advice on project development and delivery and simplifying procurement for low-carbon measures and projects.
The Decarbonisation Partnership Service will offer flexible technical and management support to help identify and deliver projects including:
- Access to Energy Specialists – contractors prequalified in specialist areas
- Flexibility – variety of services available depending on requirement
- Added Social Value – contractors are required to provide additional value to Bristol’s communities as part of the framework
- Project Support – project development and project delivery support services available
- Public Sector Decarbonisation – the framework and service have been specifically designed to support public sector organisations capitalise on grant funding from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)
Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Energy and Waste, said “Our Bristol team has delivered over £60m worth of low carbon energy projects and has a great track record of creating opportunities to decarbonise within the city.
“This new initiative really excites me as it will allow us to share our knowledge and expertise to support other local authorities and organisations in the public sector with their own efforts to decarbonise.
“Old, inefficient buildings and outdated heating systems are one of the biggest carbon challenges that the public sector faces, so we are pleased to launch this new scheme to support our neighbours so that we can meet the challenge of fighting climate change together.
“Wherever your organisation is on its journey to net zero, joining the Decarbonisation Partnership will be a significant step in your journey to net zero.”
Interested public sector organisations can find out more about Bristol City Council’s Decarbonisation Partnership and how to get involved on our Decarbonisation Partnership page.
The framework is free to access, with Bristol City Council recovering costs to manage the framework from a 2 per cent fee from providers on contracts procured through the framework.