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Bristol Energy Cooperative

Social performance

BECs existing and future renewable energy installations help communities reduce their energy bills and use green energy, thereby cutting carbon emissions.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Energy Generation

BEC's current 9 MWp solar and battery portfolio consists of two solar farms and PV on 13 community buildings. The portfolio is predicted to generate approximately 9,000 MWh of electricity each year - enough to power 2,300 average UK homes - and save more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 25-year lifetime of the programme.

BEC's impact includes 

Delivering renewable energy installations that help communities reduce their energy bills and use green energy, thereby cutting carbon emissions.

Promoting the benefits of community energy and 100% renewable energy.

Producing regular newsletters and provides volunteering opportunities.

Hosting educational visits to its solar installations.

BEC was an early promoter of the Zero Carbon Britain research by the Centre for Alternative Technology. The research inspired BEC to help establish Zero West.

BEC opposes fossil fuel development too. It played an active part in successful campaigns to stop planning applications for diesel peaking plants in the city. It then supported the alternative use of the sites for battery storage.
 

KSPI 2 - Community Fund

BEC has so far facilitated over £250,000 of community benefit payments to the local community

 

BEC – together with fellow energy co-operative Low Carbon Gordano - runs the Megawatt Community Energy Fund. Members of both organisations have participated in choosing which applicants receive grant support and in 2019 14 projects were supported including supporting:

Bristol Community Land Trust with funding towards the provision of ground-source heat pumps in a new build Community Learning and Enterprise Centre in Lockleaze, Bristol.

Life Cycle UK – funding for additional workshop equipment and parts to increase the capacity of the Bristol Bike Back project, which provides accredited mechanical training for prisoners at HMP Bristol and sells refurbished bicycles to local people, encouraging the increased use of low carbon transport.

St Pauls Adventure Playground – funding towards the set-up of weekly environmental awareness sessions at the playground with a focus on improving air quality and increasing biodiversity in the local area.

Ujima Radio – funding towards the production of a set of a monthly radio shows exclusively devoted to environmental issues as they impact on Black and Minority Ethnic populations, that aim to raise awareness of climate change, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and reduce fuel poverty.

Common environmental performance indicators (CEPIs)

CEPIs are environmental performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Carbon emissions

Reducing carbon emissions is one of the core aims of BEC. The carbon savings from these projects is estimated to be 100,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 25-year lifetime of the programme.

Staff travel to work

BEC employs four members of staff who either cycle or use public transport to travel to work and for site visits and meetings when feasible.

Waste and recycling

BEC will carefully consider the environmental credentials of potential suppliers and ensure that the equipment procured is as recyclable as possible.

Common Social Performance Indicators (CSPIs)

CSPIs are social performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Community investment

Please see above KPSI 2.

Ethical procurement

The Society does not currently report on ethical procurement but looks to uphold the ethical values set out for Co-operative Members of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Local employment

BEC employs four members of staff from the local Bristol area and also works with a wide range of Bristol partners.

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