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 Monday 23 November 2020

Since September 2020, we’ve been undertaking a procurement exercise to identify our future Strategic Partner for City Leap – the organisation or consortium that will work with the council to deliver more than £1 billion of investment towards Bristol becoming a zero-carbon, smart energy city by 2030.

Following a diverse range of bids, our evaluation has whittled interest down to a shortlist of three organisations and consortiums that will progress through to the final stages of the procurement exercise and be presented to Bristol’s Mayor and Cabinet as part of an update on the initiative in December.

The three potential strategic partners that the council will take through to the final stages of procurement are:

  • Ameresco Limited, with Vattenfall Heat UK Limited as an Essential Sub-Contractor.
  • ENGIE Services Holding UK Ltd and Sumitomo Corporation (acting as a consortium), with Abundance Investment Ltd as an Essential Sub-Contractor.
  • E.ON UK PLC and Marubeni Corporation (acting as a consortium).

The council’s search for a partner is expected to conclude in 2021 and more information on Bristol’s City Leap initiative can be found in the December Cabinet report.