Funding lift for city’s carbon goals.

Bristol’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 has been further enhanced after the city was awarded £6.9million to help reduce emissions from its public buildings.

The funding from central government will be used to extend the Bristol Heat Network to nine sites, including St Mary Redcliffe secondary and Hannah Moore primary schools, Temple Back fire station, a hospital building and offices.

The award will be used to improve existing connections on the Redcliffe and Old Market sections of the heat network, allowing Bristol City Council to disconnect the hot water system at its Temple Street offices from the existing gas boiler and replace it with a more efficient system.

The money will also fund the replacement of existing gas boilers with low or zero carbon heat sources, allowing rapid growth in the numbers of buildings connected to Bristol’s Heat Network and helping the authority to cut emissions as it heads towards carbon neutrality.

The network, sometimes referred to as district heating, replaces individual buildings’ own heating systems, and often uses heat recovered from industry or renewable sources. Bristol’s heat network currently supplies more than 1,000 properties with low carbon heat from different sources across the city and continues to expand to new areas.

As well as producing fewer carbon emissions, the network is more efficient and cost-effective to run, protecting against rises in gas prices.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy and Transport said: “The Bristol Heat Network is an integral piece of our solution to decarbonising the city and the part that Bristol plays in addressing the climate crisis. The council has invested over £60m in low-carbon and renewable infrastructure in recent years and we’re delighted to have attracted this new funding from BEIS to continue our work to cut carbon emissions.

“It’s exciting to be replacing old technology with greener solutions and great to be supporting public sector partners with their own efforts to decarbonise. Developing the heat networks has so many benefits for the city including the reduction in fuel poverty, cutting carbon emissions and creating thousands of jobs to support the local economy.”

More information on the Bristol heat network and the council’s other energy projects can be found on our Heat Networks page.