Bristol City Leap: Leading The Way

29th September | 6pm - 8pm | Bristol and Online

Join us for an update on Bristol’s most ambitious energy initiative – the City Leap Energy Partnership. Open to all.

Future Leap Bishopston, 1-3 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AA (and Online)

Free to Future Leap members and community groups

Join us for an update on Bristol’s most ambitious energy initiative – the City Leap Energy Partnership.


City Leap is a long-term partnership between Bristol City Council and a private sector organisation to deliver £1bn green energy investment in Bristol and help us achieve our net zero carbon ambitions. For the citizens of Bristol, City Leap has the potential to deliver a better quality of life by improving the warmth and comfort of homes, improving air quality and creating local jobs in energy and related supply chains.


For the last 18 months, the council has been conducting a procurement exercise to select its future City Leap partner and this event will be an opportunity to hear more about the ambitions, targets and early projects for City Leap, as well as hear directly from representatives from the newly formed partnership with Vattenfall and Ameresco.


Come along for an update on this exciting new decarbonisation initiative and a unique opportunity to put your questions to representatives of the Council and its newly unveiled energy partner.


Future Leap offers a spacious, covid-compliant event space with MHVR air conditioning units which take out old air and bring new air in. We also have reduced our capacity so you can be mindful of each other’s space. 


18:00 – 18:20 – Registration, Refreshments and Networking [Including Virtual Networking]

18:20 – 18:30 – Introduction from Future Leap

18:30 – 18:45 – Cllr Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council

18:45 – 19:00 – Mark Apsey,Ameresco

19:00 – 19:15 – Bindi Patel,Vattenfall

19:15 – 19:45 – Q&A

19:45 – 19:50 – 60 Second Pitches

19:50 – 19:55 – Upcoming Events and Close

19:55- 20:30 – Optional Extra Networking and Refreshments [Virtual Networking Till 20:15]


Councillor Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council

Kye is Bristol’s Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Energy, and Waste. He was appointed to Cabinet by Mayor Marvin Rees following his election as Labour Councillor for Southmead in February 2022.

He leads on the £1 billion City Leap clean energy investment programme and working with the council-owned Bristol Waste Company, including building a new Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Kye has almost two decades of experience as a trade union official in the postal industry, leading local and national negotiations as a former Member of the Communications Workers Union National Executive Committee. He is currently a consultant at a local youth charity.

Kye has previously held executive responsibility for Transport and Regulatory Services in the city, and represented Central Bristol from 2016 – 2021.


Mark Apsey – Managing Director, Ameresco

Mark will talk about Ameresco’s vision for City Leap, the creation of a joint venture company with the City Council to deliver the ambitions goals for decarbonisation through the 20 year concession. We have committed to £424 million of capital expenditure within the first five years, decarbonising the Council’s estate by 2025, we will work with Bristol’s communities and businesses to ensure that City Leap provides a significant boost for Bristol’s economy and people through additional employment and the circular economy.


Bindi Patel, Head Of Customer Experience, Vattenfall

Heat network are a proven cost effective solution for heat decarbonisation and will be an essential part of the UK’s energy infrastructure in order to meet net zero by 2050. Cities are perfect homes for heat networks. With abundant sources of waste heat to draw upon, the Bristol heat network is an example of how a city-wide approach to tackling heat decarbonisation at scale. In this session we will hear about the Bristol heat network and how heat network deliver a reliable and complete heating service to customers.

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Meet the speakers!

Mark Apsey – Managing Director, Ameresco

Mark is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 20 years of experience focused on developing and delivering high quality energy services and solutions for customers. In 2020 he was recognized with an MBE for services to sustainable energy and is a regular contributor to national and international groups. Mark is Chair of IChemE’s Energy Community of Practice and led the publication of IChemE’s global position statement on climate change.

Bindi Patel, Head Of Customer Experience, Vattenfall

Bindi has worked in the energy sector for over 13 years within both the public and private sector. Most recently, Bindi launched Heat Trust, successfully growing the organisation to be the recognised independent customer protection scheme for the heat network sector. Bindi joined Vattenfall in 2020 where she is helping to deliver a fossil free future through city-scale heat networks.

Vattenfall is one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat. We tackle complex challenges in order to reach our goal of fossil free living within one generation. We are proud to be selected by Bristol City Leap to support future development of the city heat network in Bristol.

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Opportunities, Suggestions and Conditions

Physical Attendees: It is important we look after each other and keep safe. We recommend all attendees take a lateral flow test prior to arrival. Please do not attend if you have any covid symptoms or are having to self isolate. 

Most of our events are available on demand, however these are not free to members and does not include opportunities to network, take part in the discussions or do a 60 second pitch!

We will share your name, job title & company with the other event attendees for this event only. If you don’t want this information to be shared please let us know when you have purchased your ticket.

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We record some of our events for marketing purposes, if you don’t want to be in the recording please let us know in advance.

We have included a £1 carbon offsetting fee to all event tickets in our commitment to being carbon neutral in our operations. You can find out about our chosen charity on our website.

Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require closed captions or have any other accessibility needs.

If you require a complimentary carers/assistant ticket, please email at least one week in advance and we will be happy to support you!

Agenda and speaker changes sometimes happen out of our control. We reserve the right to make these changes at any time.

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