6th June 2019

Bristol City Council’s blockchain incentive for green colleagues

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Bristol City Council is collaborating with an energy technology firm to reward employees for acting more sustainably, through the use of a blockchain-enabled platform.

It is part of the council’s goal of creating a carbon-neutral city by 2030 and has already recorded a 71 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from its direct activities against a 2005 baseline. It will propose new targets in due course.

EnergiMine, the Manchester-based energy technology firm, will enable Bristol City Council to incentivise employees for partaking in sustainable actions, by using the EnergiToken (ETK). Employees can earn the tokens to spend on rewards or donate the equivalent amount to a registered charity.

The sustainable actions that could be adopted by staff include using clean transport and promoting energy reduction.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council’s cabinet member for energy and transport, said: “The pilot to deliver rewards to our staff for being more energy efficient will undoubtedly reduce carbon emissions and save the council money on its energy bills, but we hope that some of those positive behaviours will overlap into people’s home lives and in time influence friends and relatives.

“This behaviour change at a city-level will be key in the coming years as Bristol forges ahead on our journey to carbon neutrality.”

Omar Rahim, EnergiMine’s chief executive, said: “The first step in the fight against climate change starts with the promotion of energy efficient behaviours.

“Following the latest IPCC report, we at EnergiMine are proud to have partnered up with Bristol City Council, whose forward-thinking and courageous response to the threat of climate change will surely pave the way for others to follow suit. We really look forward to driving carbon emissions down with the help of the EnergiToken rewards platform. We are leading incentivisation towards a carbon neutral world of tomorrow.”

Since the council backed a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030, it has sourced 21GWh of energy generation from solar, wind and biomass last year – enough to power 24,000 for a month.

Bristol City Council is also rolling out city-wide projects including heat networks and a City Leap initiative to transform the city’s energy infrastructure and ecosystem.