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Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan for West of England Industrial Cluster

A number of partners have come together to form a partnership to work collaboratively with businesses and the community to develop a local industrial decarbonisation plan (LIDP) for the West of England Industrial Cluster (WEIC). The partnership has been successful in securing funding of up to £608k from Innovate UK, to develop the LIDP. The partners include: Ameresco Ltd Black Country Industrial Cluster Ltd Bristol City Council Copper Hydrogen South West North Somerset Council SevernNet Ltd Severnside Carbon Capture and Shipping Hub Ltd The Bristol Port Company University of the West of England West of England Combined Authority (Lead)
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Scooters and bikes as Sustainable Transport Options & Renewable Energy Opportunities

Date: Thurs. March 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: SevernNet with TIER and Ameresco / City LeapVenue: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DJ Thanks to everyone who joined us for March’s Business Breakfast and very many thanks to our speakers: Julian Miller from Ameresco Mark Atkins and Callum Dixon from TIER Justin Reeve from West of England Combined Authority Thanks also to Anne Hayes and colleagues from The Bristol Port Company who enabled the demonstration area and the Dr. Bike, together with Sam Marsh from SevernNet/Bike Bristol. For March’s Business Breakfast we brought you two important topics which proved to be of great interest:- Renewable Energy investment opportunities and how these may be realised- Micro-mobility as a key modal option for sustainable transport … and how TIER is able to support this Following introductions SevernNet provided a short update on the progress of the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan project for the West of England Industrial Cluster. With Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) as its hub, we have the opportunity this year to bring together, and support, PAS businesses to develop their net zero journey planning; and take advantage of potential collaborative approaches and infrastructure. At our last breakfast (more details here: https://severnnet.org/news/get-stuck-in-with-industrial-decarbonisation/) Rhianydd Griffith asked if businesses could pilot our initial stakeholder survey. We’d like to thank everyone who supported this and provided initial feedback which is all being incorporated into a more detailed survey. This will be distributed later next month, and will ask for actual data on energy consumption and emissions, and projects in your pipeline. This will be essential information to help develop the plan. Opportunities for Renewable Generation in PAS Julian Miller (Ameresco) reminded us that renewable generation will be part of the solution for decarbonisation plans across the area; and we need to consider how this can be achieved, and support the demand for increasing electrification, given the limited grid capacity. This may take a number of different forms, including solar, wind and BESS (battery energy storage systems) and can be deployed in different ways including as a microgrid “behind the meter”. The latter can avoid the problem of limited grid capacity. There are different commercial options available. Ameresco, with its City Leap commitment spanning 20 years is able to take a longer term view which can enable more attractive business cases with stable pricing over the long term. Do get involved, and if you’d like to understand options for your business, community, development etc. have a chat to Julian (jumiller@ameresco.com) or drop us a line at lidp@severnnet.org. Julian’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here Micromobility and TIER. How TIER can support the area, our businesses and community Mark Atkins from TIER stepped us through their progress in deploying e-scooters, e-bikes and e-cargobikes across the West of England and Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) since taking over from Voi. PAS has played an important part with DHL warehousing the vehicles locally. Adoption across the West of England is growing significantly with 1.4m kms travelled by 53.3k users to date in 2024. Availability and growth across PAS has been constrained, we believe, through limited parking spaces and unavailability in the N. Somerset and S. Glos. part of PAS. Mark stepped us through an engaging presentation outlining usage across the area compared to Bristol city centre; and highlighting opportunities to increase the number of parking spaces. To enable TIER to help PAS businesses, colleagues and residents to take greater advantage of the accessibility to sustainable transport offered TIER would like to establish connections with organisations in our area to offer: a) B2B packages to improve sustainable travel for our colleagues (contact mark.atkins@tier.app) b) to explore opportunities to improve the network in our area via increased parking locations on land in both the public & private sector (contact paul.whitaker@tier.app) Mark’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here. Future Transport Zones Update Justin from West of England Combined Authority provided a shot update on the Future Transport Zones programme that has received £24.4m government funding and started in July 2020. See https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/transport/future-transport-zone/ for more information. Justin highlighted the value of the TIER service in assisting understanding of travel patterns across the West of England. The data from all the journeys is proving to be very informative in developing transport and travel strategy. The FTZ programme has included: E-scooter trial (see TIER above) WESTlink on demand bus service. We understand that there are going to be a number of changes to this service. You can find out more here: https://travelwest.info/westlink/. Also attached the Bristol_North_Zone_Map_2024-web.pdf and Portishead_Zone-Map_2024-web.pdf which are probably most relevant for the area. Transport data hub which will enable innovation into the; and can further help inform transport & Travel strategy, policy and infrastructure investment e-cargo bike trials. The Bristol Port Authority has been one of the beneficiaries; and has resulted in a considerable reduction in van miles. All-in-one journey planner and ticketing app which will provide travellers with different multi-modal travel options and enable ticketing to cover one journey Multi-modal hubs  in strategic places. Eleven locations have been selected across BCC and SGC and it is expected that these will be built out from the summer A key feature of the funding for innovative trials has been the agreement that the programme must track and monitor the success of the trials for at least 12 months; and the programme is being extended to enable this SevernNet Updates Kate Royston and Sam March provided a quick update on traffic and roadworks, Severn Ride&Stride and the next Business Breakfast; and we thanked all those businesses and colleagues who participated in March’s annual Travel To Work Survey (see presentation attached). TIER Demos and Dr. Bike Following the breakfast a number of participants took advantage of the opportunity to have a go on an e-scooter and e-bike; and the Dr. Bike appointments through the morning to ‘tune-up’ their bikes. April’s Business Breakfast We look forward to seeing you in April (Th. April 25th) and we’ll be providing details of the location very shortly. In the meantime if you’d like to book, here’s the registration link.
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SevernNet is recruiting an Industrial Decarbonisation Circular Economy Facilitator

We’re inviting applications from suitable candidates to join us on our Industrial Decarbonisation planning programme through 2024. SevernNet is a member of a group of stakeholders who have come together to form the West of England Industrial Cluster (WOEIC); and through 2024 we’ll be getting the cluster off the ground through the development of an industrial decarbonisation plan. SevernNet is leading the work on the stakeholder engagement and circular economy development. To support this we’re recruiting: Industrial Decarbonisation Circular Economy Facilitator If you are interested in applying, or no someone who might, please submit applications. The application pack link is above. Applications will be processed, interviews arranged and appointment made as soon as a suitably qualified candidate is confirmed.
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Making Asphalt Sustainable – January’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thurs. January 25th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: John WainwrightVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9EN John Wainwright is an end-to-end supplier of premium aggregate, asphalt and contracting services with a basalt quarry and asphalt plant in the Mendips and a state-of-the-art urban plant in Avonmouth. Avonmouth Asphalt plant uses renewable energy and heat exchange technology, and is set up to make use of Recycled Asphalt Products (RAP). Jody Bennett, Asphalt Business Manager from John Wainwright will give an overview of how one of the most energy hungry production plants in Avonmouth has made huge steps forward with its carbon reduction, sustainability and plans for further reductions and savings in the future. Please join us at January’s Business Breakfast and find out more Asphalt is a product we are all likely to have contact with every day, is vital to everyday life, but which we may not think about very much!The morning’s agenda will include: An introduction to local asphalt production! J. Wainwright’s journey to making asphalt more sustainable Getting involved in the area’s Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) Everything Avonmouth! N. Somerset, Bristol and S, Glos Local Plan consultations and having your say! 2024 Travel To Work Survey and its importance to local provision Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on January 25th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. Please note, we depend on our subscribing members to fund our work for you and the area. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here or you can join online here.
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Local Plan Consultations open now

All three of our local authorities across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside have Local Plans out for consultation at the moment. These plans have a significant influence on what is able to be developed across the area and land use policy; and we would encourage you to engage with them if you can. North Somerset Council (NSC) NSC’s Local Plan 2039 info pageNSC’s plan is more advanced than the others, and is now in what is known as the Pre-submission plan (reg 19) consultation period. This runs from 27 November until 5pm on Monday 22 January 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here. Bristol City Council (BCC) BCC’s Local Plan Review info pageBCC’s plan consulation is open now and runs until Friday 26 January 2024A pdf of the main plan document is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation and supplementary documents are here. South Glos. Council (SGC) SGC’s New Local Plan info pageSGC’s plan is in its Phase 3 consultation period. This runs from 6th December until the 7 February 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here.You can also find out about online and local events here.These include: Almondsbury Old School Hall – Tuesday 23 January 2024 (4.30pm-7.30pm) (venue has limited parking) Easter Compton VIllage Hall – Wednesday 24 January 2024 (4pm-7pm)
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Exciting news! Van drivers can now fuel up with diesel at Avon Lodge

Avon Lodge Truckstop offers a 24/7, pay-at-pump service and accept most major fuel cards including: AS24, International Diesel Service, Keyfuels, Morgan Fuels, and UK Fuels. Find us at Third Way, Avonmouth, BS11 9YP. Need a fuel card? Our group-owned fuel card company Silvey Fleet works with the largest fuel card networks to provides cost-effective, long-term fuel card solutions. Find out more here: https://lnkd.in/ejaYPBWW
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Fuelling Our Tomorrow with Avon Lodge Truckstop … and others

Date: Thurs. Sept. 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Avon Lodge TruckstopVenue: Avon Lodge Cafe, Avon Lodge Truckstop, Third Way, Avonmouth. BS11 9YP Onroute Truckstop’s Avon Lodge invites you to join them for September’s Business Breakfast.We have an exciting programme lined up for you, including a ‘Build-a-Bap’ breakfast. You can choose from a number of fillings, together with  Lavazza coffee to help start your day.There’s also a bike clinic if you’d like a tune up; and local guest speakers! Please join us at September’s Business Breakfast and find out more … The agenda will include: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology  – local manufacturer with a key to sustainability globally The Real Wrap Company – telling us about their rapid growth in Avonmouth Avon Lodge Truckstop and its important role in the area. It’s not just a Truckstop! Mabanaft, Onroute Truckstop’s parent; and their fuels innovation including ammonia and hydrogen We are delighted to welcome The Real Wrap Company and Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology who will be joining us to talk about their organisations, how they are evolving locally and supporting the local economy.We’ll also talk about the local challenges across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) in providing sufficient and accessible lorry parking;  access to good quality catering facilities available to the workforce; and the need for more travel hubs supporting sustainable travel.There’ll also be an update on the progress of the bid to fund a Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) for a West of England Industrial Cluster with PAS as its hub; and Mabanaft, OneRoute Truckstop’s parent company, will be sharing the innovative work they are doing to decarbonise fuels for tomorrow, including around ammonia and hydrogen.And if you’d like to check in for the Bike Clinic – a free 30 minute safety check with minor repairs possible. (You’ll get a report card (bike ‘MOT’!) and maintenance tips) – you can book a slot here Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on September 28th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business.A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking
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Nisbets hosting Business Breakfast on 24th Nov

We’re delighted that Nisbets is hosting November’s Business Breakfast at their National Catering Equipment Centre in Avonmouth. Join us for November’s Business Breakfast! Thurs. Nov. 24th from 07:30 to 09:00  Venue: National Catering Equipment Centre Hosted by: Nisbets Book your ticket now using the ‘Register’ button below. We look forward to seeing you. Register for November’s Business Breakfast here
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Join us at July’s Business Breakfast featuring the 5G logistics trials and Severnside Masterplan

Date and Time: Th. July 21st – 07:30-09:00Host: The Bristol Port CompanyWhere: The Bristol Port Safety & Training Centre, St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9DQ Please join us to hear about the 5G logistics trials that took place at the Port and locally in May, including improvements to the lights at the junction of St. Andrew’s Rd and Kings Weston Lane; and a presentation and a chance to discuss the Vision for Severnside being developed by S. Glos. Council with communities of interest. Book here to come along and join us on the 21st
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A Vision for Severnside – Severnside Masterplan. We encourage you to take a look and comment

South Glos. Council is working with the local community, town and parish councils, and businesses, on a strategic infrastructure led masterplan for Severnside.The aim of the masterplan is to develop a locally informed vision to help shape the future of Severnside in the medium and long term, up to 2050. It will build on all of the different strengths that the area has. The plan is now in its public engagement phase and we encourage you to take a look and comment before the 24th July 2022. The website is here. You can also download a pdf of the exhibition boards here (3Mb). This Vision for Severnside will be presented and discussed at the July Business breakfast which will be held at The Bristol Port Company’s Safety and Training Centre in St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth on Th. July 21st. Come and join us. Book here.