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Bristol is runner-up at European Green Capital awards

by David Masters
February 26, 2009
Sustainability Environment

Bristol has failed in its bid to become the first Green Capital of Europe.

It was shortlisted as one of eight cities, two of which were chosen for the 2010 and 2011 award.

Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, has been granted the accolade for 2010, whilst the German city of Hamburg will hold the title in 2011.

European environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “With their measures to tackle air pollution, traffic and congestion levels, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste and waste water management, Stockholm and Hamburg can act as role models for the rest of Europe.”

Both winners will spend a year highlighting their environmental credentials with the aim of inspiring other European cities and urban dwellers to choose sustainability.

The awards were judged on each city’s record in achieving high environmental standards, its commitment to green improvements and sustainable development, and its success in inspiring other cities to follow its lead.

Bristol was the only British city shortlisted for the awards, and joins Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Freburg and Munster as runners up.

Helen Holland, Labour leader of Bristol City Council, said: “As the only UK city shortlisted for a European Green Capital award, Bristol has much to be proud of.

“Taking part in this competition reflects the ambition of the City Council and our partners to really accelerate progress towards being a much more sustainable city.

“I’d like to congratulate Stockholm and Hamburg on their tremendous achievement in being named as Europe’s first green capitals.”

She added that the council plans to press on with its proposed green initiatives, despite not winning the top prize.

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