SONNET – the Bristol City Lab
The SONNET project’s Bristol City Lab is an innovative research project exploring new ways to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy investment in community buildings in Bristol. The City Lab partners are Bristol City Council, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and BEN and the project will run until summer 2021.
The Bristol City Lab is just one element of SONNET (Social Innovation in Energy Transitions) which is an international project with partners across Europe who will share knowledge for energy innovation.
This is a great opportunity for community buildings to lead the way on energy efficiency in their communities, an approach which has been at the heart of BEN’s city-wide thinking for a long time. Many of the community buildings in Bristol are owned by Bristol City Council and leased to community organisations, but are often left out of Bristol City Council energy upgrades. This project aims to understand how to unlock these. BEN’s role is to carry out the engagement work on this project – with community building managers, leaseholders and surrounding communities. We hope to understand better how these buildings are used and the potential and barriers for energy efficiency upgrades and their financing.
Learn more about SONNET in Bristol.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 837498.