Bristol in final three for next European Green Capital Award

by Kevin on April 16, 2012 · 0 comments

Bristol has reached the last three for the next European Green Capital Award.

Publishing their independent technical evaluation of all 18 European cities taking part, the European Commission’s experts ranked Bristol second overall, and number one in three areas: climate change, air quality and noise pollution.

The experts’ report highlighted several achievements and plans for Bristol including:

  • Good progress with our action on climate change.  The Council has been investing in energy efficiency in thousands of homes and many public buildings and this has helped reduce emissions by 20% person since 2005.  The experts also highlighted our clear plans to invest in transport and energy efficiency to reduce emissions further.
  • The improvements being made to transport through cycling city and investment in public transport.  They particularly commented on the improvements to road safety in recent years.
  • The importance of green business to the city and the improvements that businesses overall have made to their energy and carbon efficiency.
  • The excellent reduction in the amount of waste produced by residents over the past 5 years and the recycling improvements which have been implemented in recent years.  Since the Technical Bid was submitted in October the new waste arrangements are now resulting in even less waste going to landfill.
  • The improvements to parks and the urban environment and the concentration of development on “brownfield” sites.
  • The Council’s work to green its own operations and those of its contractors for example the action taken to increase the supply of local food in council catering.  They highlighted the work the council is doing with schools to reduce energy use and increase environmental awareness.
  • The good work done by local water companies in ensuring that we have a secure, high quality supply of water and the investment being made to improve infrastructure to protect the environment
  • The good work in our energy planning, in particular the Judge commented “Bristol is likely to lead the development in Britain over the coming decades”.

For the second time, Bristol is the only city in the UK to have the reached the shortlist for this coveted award.

Alongside the other short-listed cities – Copenhagen and Frankfurt – Bristol will now present its case to a jury of experts in Brussels on 8th June. It will then receive the final verdict on 29 June.

Bristol citizens and businesses are able to show their support for the Bristol Bid through the Green Capital Partnership website:  www.bristolgreencapital.org

The news that Bristol has been short-listed has been widely welcomed by businesses and organisations across the city.

Council Leader Barbara Janke said:

To have got this far in this prestigious competition against strong competition from capital cities such as Paris and Vienna is a real achievement for Bristol.

The fact that the technical expert assessment ranks us second overall shows that we are entering the final in a very strong position. In June we will go to Brussels with a really excellent story to tell about our successes on the environmental agenda over a number of years through the actions of the council, green groups and the city’s residents. We shall definitely go with a view to winning.

Professor Martin Bigg, Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, said:

Bristol has many strengths, including its sense of community, its ability to innovate and its decades of grass roots commitment to the environment.  Businesses, organisations and community groups have worked successfully together across the city to make Bristol the Green Capital in the UK.  I hope everyone will now show their support for the bid through our website www.bristolgreencapital.org.

Reaching the final shortlist is a reflection of the City Council’s and its partner organisations’ commitment to greening the city.  Improving the quality of life and management of resources and reducing energy consumption and waste all contribute to a better environment for all and helps create and protect jobs, supporting the economy of the region.

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