It was indeed third time lucky – Bristol has today been named the European Green Capital for 2015. The city will now prepare for taking on the mantle after the announcement in the French city of Nantes.
Following the city's unsuccessful bid last year
, when the award went to Copenhagen, Bristol once again
demonstrated its commitment to ecological improvement and sustainable development by applying for the title of 'Green Capital', this time resulting in a well-deserved victory.
As the winner of the prize, Bristol has been recognised for its acclaimed record of environmental progress in areas such as waste management, local transport and energy performance.
The team who presented the city's case to the European panel last month
included Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson and the Liberal Democrats' South-West MEP Sir Graham Watson, along with others determined to promote Bristol's impressive green credentials.
Awarding the prize, the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: "Congratulations to Bristol for the example they are setting. We have much to learn from these efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for citizens, whilst creating new business opportunities, and I look forward to their year as European Green Capital. They will have numerous occasions to showcase their expertise and their creative approach to engaging with citizens and to developing a green economy."
Commenting on the news, Sir Graham said
: "It is wonderful news to hear that Bristol has finally become 'European Green Capital' for 2015.
"This award gives the City's people much to be proud of and comes as a boost to the start of Big Green Week in the city, 15-23rd June.
"Not only will the announcement bring investment and jobs to Bristol and help to enhance the city's environmental standards of the future, Bristol will now appear on the European stage for championing green innovation and inspiring green initiatives elsewhere.
Prior to the announcement Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson vowed he would swap his signature Red trousers for Green ones should the city win
and I’m pleased to say he has kept his promise:
Congratulations Bristol and to all those concerned – a fantastic achievement!
The Jury report and conclusions on Bristol's bid as well as the other cities shortlist has now been published and can be downloaded by clicking here