So near but yet so far! After missing out on the award for 2010, the South West's capital has again been defeated at the final stage as favourites Copenhagen scooped the 2014 award, announced just a short while ago in a ceremony in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
While the award does not come with a financial prize, being named European Green Capital would have distinguished Bristol from all of the other cities in Europe and gave it a real ability to be able to attract new business and new jobs in to the city.
With its already impressive green credentials, the Danish capital city of Copenhagen was the overwhelming favourite to take the title. Remarkably, 35% of the city's population already cycle to work or school and the council there is working towards ensuring the entire city is be powered by renewables by 2025 and is constructing new parks so as to meet its target of having a beach or green space within 15 minutes' walk for every resident. They were always going to be formidable competition.
But this is not a competition based solely on current performance levels; entrants were also judged according to their future plans, and Bristol's aim for zero waste to landfill by next year was one that impressed and raised a few eyebrows.
The European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik, present at tonight’s award ceremony, remarked that the standard of applicants was very high and that he was grateful not to have been a member of the jury.
Congratulations nonetheless should be addressed to the Bristol Green Capital team, a sterling effort. Third time lucky perhaps?
UPDATE: 29/06, 21:10
The Bristol Green Capital team have responded to the disappointing announcement, posting the following message via Twitter: