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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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Crowds turn out for 'Big Bike Ride'

Warm weather made for a good turn out for the BIg Bike Ride Credit: ITV News West Country

Large crowds made the most of the sunshine in bristol to head to College Green for the City's BIg BIke Ride.

There were plenty of activities on offer on College Green Credit: ITV News West Country

The event coincided with the end of Bristol's Big Green Week, an event celebrating Bristol's achievement as Green Capital 2015.

Crowds made the most of the weather to head to the city centre Credit: ITV News West Country

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£7m to support new European Green Capital

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander has been in Bristol today to announce that the city will receive £7 million of additional funding to support it as European Green Capital.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander announced the £7million of green funding in a visit to Bristol today Credit: ITV News West Country

Mr Alexander says the funding will deliver a range of projects to help Bristol remain at the centre of green investment and urban sustainability.

Bristol to get £7m for green capital role

As well as its bridges Bristol is famous for its 'green' ethos. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bristol is to get £7 million to help in its role as European Green Capital for 2015.

The money will go to projects including a schools programme to teach children about climate change. The city won the title on the strength of its commitment to the environment.

The grant will be announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, on a visit to the city today.

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