History

Go Green is a project delivered by Low Carbon South West in collaboration with Business West and originates from the combination of two environmental business programmes.

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Go Green Bristol was a European funded project (Improve Your Resource Efficiency) delivered by Business West in 2012-13, which supported over 250 small and medium sized businesses explore resource efficient solutions for their business. Through workshops, one to one consultations and a downloadable guide, Go Green Bristol supported businesses to achieve average cost savings of £15,000, and average CO2 savings of 9 tonnes.

The West of England Carbon Challenge (WECC) ran from 2009 to 2014, and was a network that supported over 100 businesses and organisations of all sizes in the West of England reduce their carbon emissions. This was achieved through collective carbon targets, annual awards and green networking events. Originally set up by Forum for the Future, WECC was handed to Low Carbon South West who continued to run the network until the end of 2014.

When Bristol was announced as European Green Capital for 2015, Business West and Low Carbon South West formed a partnership to create Go Green, a network that would build on the success of WECC and the old Go Green Bristol project and would help provide the tools for businesses to improve and demonstrate their own green credentials. Go Green was developed to allow businesses of all sizes across all sectors to share best practice and show leadership in sustainability

The West of England Carbon Challenge was closed with the WECC Awards in December 2014, which also served as the introductory launch of Go Green. Core funding was awarded by Bristol 2015 Ltd to develop the Go Green programme, which is now run by a project team consisting of Low Carbon South West and Business West employees.

Go Green launched on 10th February 2015 at At-Bristol Science Centre.