Bristol City Council has declared a climate emergency and wants to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years earlier than planned.
The motion was presented by Green Party Councillor Carla Denyer in a council meeting on Tuesday and will affect future decisions taken by the council.
It was supported by several environmental groups who were present at the meeting.
Richard Baxter of Greenpeace Bristol described the mood as “euphoric”.
Baxter believes the motion will put Bristol at the forefront of climate change and hopes other cities and councils will follow in their footsteps.
“We’ve got 12 years to turn things around and it’s a chance for Bristol to lead the way for climate change and for other cities to follow,” he said.
“It’s a real game changer. It’s a very ambitious plan that would need government funding and would need the full backing of [Bristol mayor] Marvin Rees.”
He has also expressed concerns surrounding the proposed Bristol airport expansion and its affect on the new carbon neutrality aim.
Bristol Airport began talks regarding their future, towards the end of last year with a consultation. The airport forecast an increase in passengers and hope the following proposed changes will be sufficient to tackle:
- Expansion of the terminal building, including a four storey extension on the western side.
- A new arrivals area
- A multi-storey car
- New road layout to fit more cars
- A new taxiway for planes
- A new 2,700-space car park south of the current Silver Zone car park
- Improvements to the A38 to accommodate the additional traffic.
The new Bristol Airport master plan has five pillars, including a sustainable approach. The global aviation industry has committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020.
We are focused on finding collaborative ways of improving our environmental performance and creating a balanced debate to ensure sustainable growth of our industry, which is crucial to the health of the UK’s island trading economy.