(14 June 2013) – The UK city of Bristol has won the European Green Capital Award for 2015.
The European Green Capital Award is presented to a city in the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living, on the basis of 12 indicators covering climate change and energy performance, sustainable local transport, air quality and noise levels, green urban areas and sustainable land use, promotion of nature and biodiversity, waste management, water consumption and waste water treatment, eco-innovation and sustainable employment, as well as the environmental management practice of the local authority.
Six cities have been awarded the title of European Green Capital since its inception in 2010. Stockholm won the inaugural title, followed by Hamburg in 2011 and Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2012. The current holder is Nantes, passing the title to Copenhagen in 2014.
The jury comprises representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the European Environment Agency, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Covenant of Mayors Office and the European Environmental Bureau.