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Bristol takes over from Copenhagen as European Green Capital

George Ferguson travelled to Copenhagen for a handover ceremony, as Bristol becomes European Green Capital Credit: ITV News

Bristol has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020.

The city becomes European Green Capital, after taking over from Copenhagen.

It's the first UK city ever to win the award, which aims to celebrate environmental schemes.

Mayor George Ferguson told delegates that Bristol could learn a lot from the Danish capital. He hopes the city will become a 'laboratory for change' in 2015.

"The theme of our year is about embracing change, about involving every single community. And we've been fortunate in getting some money off our central government - Prime Minister Cameron - to enable us to reach out with grants across the city to get I hope what will be widespread support."

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

Bristol is now European Green Capital

Bristol has officially become European Green Capital, after taking over from Copenhagen at a ceremony there.

It is the first UK city ever to win the award, which aims to celebrate environmental initiatives.

Mayor George Ferguson told delegates that Bristol could learn a lot from the Danish capital, and that he hopes his city will become a 'laboratory for change' in 2015.

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