BACCC statement on extreme heat in the UK, July 2022

Bristol is experiencing unprecedented levels of heat with temperature records in parts of the UK likely to be broken over the coming days. Dangerously high temperatures are a consequence of climate change and will occur more frequently in the future.

The extreme heat impacts on health, infrastructure, food, water and ecosystems, and causes disruption to lives and livelihoods. These impacts will be felt by everyone but are not felt equally – with heatwaves more likely to affect homeless people, those living in low-quality housing, the elderly, Disabled people and frontline workers. Whilst many can stay at home this week, others must work in the heat.

We must redouble our efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and protect nature, whilst giving urgent attention to adapting homes, offices and infrastructure to be cooler and more resilient in our new climate reality.

Please note: This statement has not necessarily been endorsed by all Committee members or, where applicable, their host organisations.

More information on climate actions you can take: https://www.bristolclimatehub.org/  

Advice on managing extreme heat: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england/beat-the-heat-staying-safe-in-hot-weather  

BACCC Launches Annual Report on Year Two

The Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change (BACCC) has published its Annual Report on Year Two, a review of the second year since its formation.

The report gives an overview of its activities in 2021, progress made towards set priorities, an analysis of impact and reflections on progress made towards Bristol’s carbon neutral and climate resilience target.

BACCC has identified the following priorities for the year ahead:

  • To understand and influence key national developments and their implications for Bristol, identifying opportunities and challenges for Bristol’s 2030 ambition, working closely with key local, national and international agencies.
  • To increase the focus within Bristol on climate risk and adaptation needs.
  • To monitor progress of delivery of the One City Climate Strategy.
  • To support local Climate Emergency communication and engagement activity.
  • To increase the focus on a just transition to all One City Boards and Bristol City Council, and as part of the One City Climate Strategy planning processes.

The BACCC’s Annual Report on Year Two is now available here.

Cover image of BACCC annual report year two

Liveable and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Rapid Assessment

In response to a request from Bristol One City stakeholders, the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change (BACCC) has worked quickly to produce a Rapid Assessment on Liveable and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. This assessment gathers and identifies the quality of case studies and evidence and presents recommendations to improve the success of potential schemes. To contact the committee for further information, or to discuss this briefing, please contact contact@bristolgreencapital.org.

BEIS Energy White Paper and Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution: Rapid assessment of the opportunities

The Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change has worked quickly to produce a Rapid Assessment of the Opportunities presented by the BEIS Energy White Paper and the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. This Rapid Assessment aims to brief key stakeholders on the funding and other opportunities available to support Bristol’s green recovery and achievement of the One City Climate Strategy and, in sharing this, the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change (BACCC) hopes to boost readiness and support key stakeholders to respond to the forthcoming opportunities presented by this Plan and White Paper.

Bristol holds it’s first Citizens Assembly

Bristol’s first citizen’s assembly, which will see a group of residents help shape the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place this weekend.

The citizens’ assembly will give members of the public the time and opportunity to learn about and discuss a topic, before reaching conclusions and then making recommendations to be taken forward.

The first topics of discussion at the assembly will sit within the broad themes of the environment and climate change; transport; and health and social care.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for residents across our communities to help shape Bristol’s recovery following COVID-19. Only through listening to the voices of residents, can we truly create a city that offers opportunity for all. I’m proud our assembly actively sought the involvement of all communities and reflects the rich diversity of people living in Bristol.”

Commenting on the assembly, co-chairs of the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change Prof Jim Longhurst and Dr Jo House, say, “This citizens assembly provides a valuable chance for the public to shape Bristol’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 and responds to Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change recommendation that, in delivery, the One City Climate Strategy delivery is more explicit about the scale of societal change required achieving a rate of change, which the committee estimates needs to almost double. We hope that this is the first opportunity of many to develop the democratic mandate further and increase understanding of the climate challenge and interrelated issues such as health, resilience and inclusive economic development.”

The first citizens’ assembly will be held this Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January. The assembly will discuss and answer the question ‘How do we recover from COVID-19 and create a better future for all in Bristol?’

Simeran Bachra, UK Cities Manager at CDP and a member of Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change, is presenting to the Citizen’s Assembly during its opening weekend.

Further information about Bristol’s Citizens’ Assembly can be found on bristol.citizenspace.com/ycof/

BACCC Launches Annual Report on Year One

Exactly one year following its establishment, the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change (BACCC) has published the Annual Report on Year One to review its first year of operations and key contributions to Bristol’s response to the climate emergency.

This report captures BACCC’s key activities to date, its conclusions on the One City Climate Strategy and the evidence base that has been used in the development of the strategy, as well as recommendations for future work.

The BACCC celebrates the level of the city’s climate ambitions and looks forward to playing a continued and supportive role – working closely with One City thematic boards, Bristol City Council and other agencies – as the city begins to translate strategy into detailed action and delivery plans.

The BACCC has identified its priority areas for the next year as:

  • To work closely with the National Committee on Climate Change and other key agencies – to understand and contextualise key developments for Bristol and exchange insights and learnings from Bristol.
  • To increase the focus on climate risk and adaptation needs.
  • To monitor progress of delivery of the One City Climate Strategy.
  • To support local Climate Emergency communication and engagement activity.

The BACCC’s Annual Report on Year One is now available here.