UK zoo charges towards green energy future


England’s Bristol Zoological Society has taken a renewables-powered leap into a low-carbon future.

Under a new agreement, energy provider Bristol Energy will provide gas and 100% renewable electricity to the animal exhibits at Bristol Zoo Gardens, including to the reptile, insect, monkey and gorilla enclosures.

It will also supply the garden’s fellow attraction in South Gloucestershire, the Wild Place Project with energy. The popular site is home to baboons, brown bears, giraffes, zebras and cheetahs.

Bristol Zoo works to protect species and their unique habitats through its conservation programme, and notes that the move forms part of its efforts to prevent the “disastrous effects of climate change”.

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Bristol Energy already supplies other city landmarks including City Hall with energy and aims to help the city reach its 2030 carbon neutrality target.

Elinor Kershaw, Bristol Zoological Society’s Sustainability and Projects Co-Ordinator, said: “We’re pleased to be working with an energy company committed to working in the region towards sustainable energy – supporting reduction in local and regional consumption, as well as working to make renewable energy available as a standard rather than premium product.”