In what is a tremendous piece of news: Bristol has been named among the three finalists in the competition to find Europe's Green Capital for 2014. The Danish capital Copenhagen and the German city of Frankfurt are now its final competition.
The European Green Capital Award
is presented to a city in the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living. Four cities have been awarded the title of European Green Capital since its inception in 2010.
(Sweden) won the inaugural title, followed by Hamburg
(Germany) in 2011. The current holder is Vitoria-Gasteiz
(Spain) and the French city of Nantes
will hold the title in 2013.
The contest for the 2014 title has been whittled down to three cities from the 18 cities that applied and the finalists were proposed by an independent panel of experts, who assessed the entries in 12 different areas including local contribution to global climate change, quality of local ambient air, eco innovation and sustainable employment.
If Bristol won the award, it would not only be a feather in the cap for the city, but would also open the door to European funding for hi-tech "green" projects, and attract economic investment from companies both home and abroad with "green" credentials. The spin-offs could galvanise Bristol as a European hub on sustainable issues.
Bristol last entered the competition in 2010 and reached a shortlist of six cities but this year marks a considerable achievement since among the defeated rivals were three capital cities – Brussels, Paris and Vienna.
Delighted with the news, Sir Graham Watson, the sole Liberal Democrat MEP for the city and region, tweeted: “Great to see Bristol in the big league as a finalist for the 2014 European Green Capital. @bgreencapital Best of luck for June!”
Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt will present their vision, action plans, communication strategy and their potential to act as a role model for other cities to the Jury on 8th June in Brussels. The Jury will deliver its verdict at an award ceremony in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain on 29th June.
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