Bristol ranked 2nd in contest to become European Green Capital
BRISTOL has been ranked second overall in a contest to become the European Green Capital in 2014.
The city had been shortlisted for the award, together with Copenhagen and Frankfurt.
But now it has emerged that in a technical evaluation of the city, Bristol has been ranked second and winner in three key areas – climate, air quality and noise pollution.
The winner of the award will be announced in June.
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The European Commission's experts have highlighted several achievements and aims for Bristol including:
â progress with action on climate change;
â plans to invest in transport and energy efficiency to reduce emissions further;
â improvements to road safety;
â importance of green business to the city and the improvements that businesses overall have made to their energy and carbon efficiency;
â reduction in waste during the past five years and recycling improvements;
â improvements to parks and open spaces and development of "brownfield" sites;
â the council's work to green its own operations and those of its contractors such as increasing the supply of local food in council catering.
â work done by local water companies in ensuring a secure, high quality supply of water and the investment being made to improve infrastructure to protect the environment.