Labour-run Bristol has taken another step towards cleaner air, with Cllr Kye Dudd approving further in-depth studies, accompanied by bids for extra national government funding, in March. Five legally compliant potential clean air zones are to be examined: some charging, some not; some smaller, some larger. This comes on the back of Bristol securing 110 clean bio-gas buses last year, spearheaded by Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, and news in February of £2.2 million secured to retrofit Bristol’s oldest, most polluting buses.
Local Bristol Labour councillors – sadly opposed by the other groups, including the Green Party – also recently voted to maintain multi-million pound investments in the renewable energy and heat networks needed to tackle climate change and reduce fuel poverty. The council has smashed its carbon emissions reduction target and is on track to be a clean-energy-powered, carbon neutral city by 2050 – a stronger commitment than those of national governments as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.