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.

Building the City Leap Energy Partnership – Updated on Wednesday 2 October 2019

Our Mayor and Cabinet approved our City Leap Energy Partnership, which will result in the setting-up of a joint venture with one or more Strategic Partners, at the 2 April 2019 Cabinet meeting.

This is an important decision for Bristol – a huge milestone on our journey towards carbon neutrality and, once it has been established, the City Leap Energy Partnership will be open to working with a broad range of additional partners in the future.

We have now launched our procurement exercise to identify a joint venture partner that can work with us to unlock Bristol’s full potential and deliver the social, environmental and economic objectives for the city.

Our City Leap Energy Partnership Selection Questionnaire (SQ) is now live on the ProContract e-tendering website and can be found by searching the Project ID DN432910. Prospective bidders wishing to access the SQ documents will need to register on ProContract, if not already registered.

More information on our procurement approach can also be found in our Concession Notice accessible via the EU’s Tenders Electronic Daily website.