Bristol Energy supports city’s ecological emergency declaration

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04 February 2020

An ecological emergency has been declared today by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, recognising the scale of wildlife decline and the degradation of our natural environment.

Bristol Energy strongly supports this declaration and encourages other businesses in Bristol to take action to help reverse the decline of nature in the city.

a park in the sun

Shockingly, it’s been reported that 41% of UK wildlife species are in decline, and a worrying 15% are now at risk of extinction. These appalling stats highlight the necessity for urgent action, by Bristol businesses, communities and individuals. As key players in the council’s One City Plan, we fully support the declaration and invite others to pledge their support in this time of environmental crisis.

Tree planting

Bristol Energy endorses the ambitious nature targets already set out in the One City Plan, which include doubling tree cover by 2044 and wildlife abundance by 2046. We recognise the link between energy generation and consumption, and its inevitable impact on the planet. One way we’re acting to restore the natural environment is by our involvement with local tree planting schemes.

We’re proud to support the One Tree Per Child project in Bristol, which encourages children to plant trees and help combat climate change. The project’s aim is to double the canopy cover in Bristol, with help from volunteers.

On a mission to help make Bristol a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live, Bristol Energy donated £20,000 to One Tree per Child through our Additionality Fund. This funded the planting of around 6,500 trees, and our colleagues joined Bristol primary school pupils to help plant trees at a local park.

We were inspired by the level of enthusiasm by volunteers and will continue to support the project as well as other local initiatives, including a hydro power scheme with Bristol Energy Coop and the replanting of a local forest with Avon Needs Trees.

Going green

As a green energy supplier, Bristol Energy is passionate about protecting the wildlife surrounding us. Our new green energy tariffs BE Super Green and Big Issue Super Green put £20 towards local environmental projects on sign-up, meaning we can continue to support local carbon reduction projects.

Our new green tariffs launched last month to align with Bristol’s ambition to, by 2050, become a sustainable city with low impact on our planet, and a health environmental for all.

As our home city highlights the ecological emergency, now is the time for urgent action. We’re working rigorously to be a part of the solution and invite others to get involved, go green and help restore our natural environment.

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