Bristol City Leap and Vattenfall win clean energy award

Bristol City Leap, in collaboration with Vattenfall Heat UK, has been awarded the Clean Energy Scheme Award at the 2024 Green Energy Awards, organised by Regen.

The judging panel commended Bristol City Leap and Vattenfall for their innovative and game-changing approach to city-scale decarbonisation.

Judges on the night said:

We were looking for a project that delivered at scale and provided significant carbon savings. We wanted to celebrate schemes that broke new ground and led by example to inspire a path for others to follow.

This was a particularly inspiring set of projects, but we have to pick a winner. We particularly valued the game-changing approach to the city-scale decarbonisation that this project enabled. The project provides an inspiring example of a public and private sector joint venture partnership approach to deliver decarbonisation at scale, delivering a heat network to tackle the challenge of decarbonising heat while also educating and funding community projects and people here in the heart of Bristol.

Bristol City Leap is facilitating over £1 billion of investment into Bristol’s energy system over the next two decades. Through transformative projects and infrastructure developments, this initiative aims to significantly increase the use of renewable energy and decarbonised heat across the city.

In the first five years alone, Bristol City Leap will deliver a minimum of £424 million in a wide range of clean energy projects, including large scale renewables, the decarbonisation of thousands of homes and the expansion of Bristol’s heat network, constructed and operated by Vattenfall Heat UK.

Mark Apsey MBE, Senior Vice President for Ameresco UK and Managing Director for Bristol City Leap, said:

Bristol City Leap is a world first, game changing approach to decarbonisation that provides a scalable and replicable model for other cities to follow.

City-scale long-term partnerships present us with an unparalleled opportunity to develop place-based energy solutions that help accelerate the transition to net zero whilst contributing significantly to society through local job creation, education, warmer homes and much needed funding to support our communities.  We are honoured to have received this prestigious award for this pioneering initiative which will have a transformative impact for residents, businesses and communities across Bristol.

More information about the £1 billion partnership can be found on Bristol City Leap’s website.

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