As Bristol wins its bid to become European Green Capital for 2015, Ian Axton interviews Mayor George Ferguson about what it will mean.
Bristol is celebrating today after winning its bid to be 2015 Green Capital of the year. The city beat Brussels, Glasgow and Slovenia's captial Ljubliana to take the title which rewards high environmental standards.
A programme of events is now being promised to help make the city a green role model for the future. Jane Solomons reports.
Bristol has won its bid to become 2015 European Green Capital of the Year.
The announcement was made a couple of hours ago at a ceremony in Nantes, France, the current winner, while the Bristol delegation found out at their own event in the city's M Shed.
They were up against several other cities for the award, after finishing runner-up to Copenhagen last year. Gus Hoyt from the delegation, gave his reaction tonight.
Bristol has won the race to become European Green Capital in 2015. The announcement was made at a ceremony this evening in Nantes in France, the current holder of the title.
The city has beaten Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana in Slovenia to the award.
– George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor
This demonstrates Bristol’s ambition to be a pioneering green city and is recognition for the many years of hard work and dedication by the city council, businesses and the people of Bristol to make our city more environmentally friendly.
We will now be turning our attention to staging an inspiring programme of events in 2015 which will be centred around the idea of Bristol as a ‘Laboratory for Change’.
We are very aware that we have much more work to do to become a truly sustainable city but we look forward to sharing that journey with people from across Bristol and Europe.