Bristol’s City Leap

Bristol is leading by example in taking action on climate change. We were the first UK city to declare a climate emergency and have committed to being a carbon neutral city by 2030. Since 2005, Bristol City Council has delivered a wide programme of energy efficiency and investment initiatives, investing tens of millions of pounds in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency and meeting our 2020 corporate carbon reduction target three years early. We are now moving forwards with innovative pilot schemes that will help build the city’s future smart energy system. This level of delivery, coupled with the city’s thriving community energy scene and a wealth of socially responsible organisations, is just one of the reasons why Bristol is internationally recognised as a leading energy city in the UK.

Building on all that we’ve achieved, we need to up the pace of delivery to help us meet our 2030 target. Through this Prospectus, we are seeking long-term partners to work with us to achieve our shared goals and build a resilient city where no one is left behind.

City Leap is a series of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities that represent a big step towards a cleaner, greener Bristol. This will not only create a healthier and fairer city for all our residents, but also allows us to share our success. It will help to create jobs, maintain our economic competitiveness, de-carbonise the city, build strong partnerships and empower people to take their future into their own hands.

The full City Leap opportunities are outlined in our Prospectus – a public document which issues a call out to those organisations, investors and innovators that have the vision, energy and the heart to join us in becoming the architects of Bristol’s sustainable future.

This is our opportunity to deliver something truly transformative for Bristol, building a citywide energy system that will protect the environment and improve the quality of life for the people of Bristol.

We look forward to working with partners of all sizes and sectors to achieve our aspirations and hearing the new ideas that you can bring to the table.

Click on this image to download the City Leap Prospectus document.
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Building the City Leap Energy Partnership – Updated on Tuesday 26 May 2020

Since September 2019, we’ve been undertaking a procurement exercise to identify the future Strategic Partner for City Leap and we have shortlisted and engaged with a number of Bidders who submitted a response to the initial stage of the procurement. We subsequently carried out a dialogue stage with the shortlisted Bidders in January and February and received a great deal of valuable feedback from them.

We believe that it is critically important to achieve the best possible outcome from the City Leap procurement for what will be a long-term partnership and, having now considered the feedback from Bidders, we’ve decided that a number of changes are required to the procurement.  These changes will greatly enhance the City Leap opportunity, delivering greater benefits for our residents, businesses and communities, as well as the council and our future Strategic Partner.  However, we are also of the view that some of these changes are “material” to the procurement and require the council, by law, to bring the current procurement to an end and start afresh.

We will be providing an update to The Mayor and Cabinet at the 2 June Cabinet meeting and setting out our course of action which will see us seeking Cabinet approval for this revised procurement at Cabinet on 14 July 2020. You can find the Cabinet Update Paper for 2 June on Bristol City Council’s website.