Bristol named runner up in European Green Capital 2014 Award
Bristol has been named runner up in the European Green Capital Award for 2014.
In an awards ceremony on Friday evening (29th June), Bristols strong bid was praised by judges. Copenhagen was named as the host city for 2014, beating runners-up Bristol and Frankfurt.
Council Leader Simon Cook said: To get so far in this competition has been a remarkable achievement for Bristol, particularly when we were up against such strong competitors. It is testament to the huge amount of progress made on the green agenda, the vision we have for the city in years to come and the great working relationship in Bristol between the public and private sector, community groups and academia. Read more ...
Green Capital Credentials
Bristol was the only UK city to be short-listed for the EU Green Capital Award.
The council adopted a Bristol Climate Change and Energy Security Framework in February 2010 to help the city save energy and reduce CO2 emissions and will work in partnership to achieve the opportunities.
The Framework includes CO2, energy and resilience targets for Bristol’s business/public sector, homes and road transport, with clear accountabilities and monitoring. The council’s overarching targets are to cut Bristol’s CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, from a 2005 baseline.
It is also the top UK city for recycling and household waste collections according to the 2009 Sustainable Cities Index published by Forum for the Future.
Bristol is pioneering new approaches that put sustainability at the heart of strategic planning, housing development, waste management, economic regeneration and transport. Bristol’s commitment to significant environmental improvement is internationally respected.
Sustainable Commercial Property
Bristol City Council and its partners actively encourage all government sector organisations and companies in the city to incorporate a commitment to sustainability in the management of their estate.
Cabot House and Cabot Circus are both examples of Bristol’s excellent track record in developing sustainable commercial property. Cabot Circus has become the first retail project of its kind in the UK to achieve a BREEAM "Excellent" rating. In addition, the Environment Agency has chosen Cabot House for its new national headquarters.
This BREEAM “Excellent” scheme will be one of the UK’s greenest buildings. Cabot House's green features include natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, use of solar thermals, solar panels and ground source heat pumps to keep running costs to the minimum.
The new Temple Quay headquarters of Top 50 law firm Burges Salmon include sustainable initiatives such as the use of harbour water as a heat exchanger for a cooling/heating system, rain water recycling, advanced recycling facilities, building with environmentally-friendly materials and a bespoke highly energy-efficient heating/cooling system.