Redland councillor at Bonn climate conference

November 24 2017

Redland councillor Fi Hance attended the annual COP23 climate conference in Bonn in November. As Cabinet member for Energy, she was in Germany to represent Bristol at the Climate event and was asked what action the city is taking on climate change.

Redland councillor Fi Hance attended the annual COP23 climate conference in Bonn in November. As Cabinet member for Energy, she was in Germany to represent Bristol at the Climate event and was asked what action the city is taking on climate change.

 Cllr. Hance highlighted the reduction in CO2 emissions that has been achieved in Bristol – carbon emissions for the city have shrunk by 31% over the last decade. She also pointed out that the Council has developed the UK’s largest municipal energy investment programme, investing in home energy efficiency measures, district heating and renewable energy. Through Bristol Energy the council has its own energy company to support Green and affordable energy and invest the profits in the City. 

Bristol is also getting on with creating an electric vehicle charging network and investing in cycling infrastructure, and the number of cyclists in the city has doubled over the last decade.  

 Cllr Hance said: “What I’ve seen and heard today has made me really hopeful as a Green about the urgency and importance that city and global leaders are rightly giving to Climate Change around the world. Only the USA is now outside the Paris deal and this conference so far has shown me that the rest of the world are getting their heads down and getting on with the work ahead, which is fantastic.”