Climate Action Bristol

Climate Action Bristol is a project placing University of Bristol student volunteers with local organisations to develop and implement Climate Action Plans.

Bristol and the Climate Emergency

In November 2018, Bristol City Council became the first UK council to declare a climate emergency, committing to carbon neutrality by 2030; an ambitious but necessary target. 

In April 2019, The University of Bristol became the first UK University to echo this commitment “reaffirming their strong and positive commitment to take action on climate change”.  

Climate Action Bristol is a response to the Climate Emergency, providing an opportunity for students and local organisations to work together on tangible actions.

How does the project work?

Training and support are provided to University of Bristol student volunteers before they are matched with local organisations keen to take Climate Action. Students help to develop and implement a Climate Action Plan for the organisation using a bespoke online tool.

Developed with NETpositive Futures, this provides focus and guidance across four key areas: Energy & Efficiency, Travel & Transport, Sustainable Sourcing, People and Engagement. 

The project is currently being piloted in 4 organisations across the Bristol area.

Benefits for our students

  • Practical experience that supports personal and professional development 
  • Opportunity to explore what responding to a Climate Emergency means in practice 

  • Development of communication skills and chance to work as part of a team

Benefits for local organisations

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Climate Emergency Activity in support of city ambitions 

  • Creation of a tailored Climate Action Plan to identify their impacts and contribution

  • Access student volunteers to help deliver short projects or research that helps them start taking action or demonstrate progress

University of Bristol declares a Climate Emergency


In April 2019, Bristol become the first UK University to declare a Climate Emergency.

Read more: What is a Climate Emergency Declaration? (PDF, 1,118kB)

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