"Bristol impressed the Jury with its ambitious green sustainable vision, and with a variety of urban networks including NGOs, local business, academia and volunteers that are joining together to enhance and promote green growth. Bristol Green Capital Partnership is based on community ownership and involves over 200 organisations; its aim is to do more with less. Over 1,000 volunteers have been recruited to work on green projects over the last six month period alone.In conclusion: (emphasis added by me)
Bristol’s tag line “Inspiring Change” is very appropriate in terms of links with digital media. The city is “Green-Smart-Connected”, showing a recent 70% increase in wireless technology efficiency and partnerships with leading technology companies to promote energy efficiency; connected with more than 95,000 citizens who have participated in “E-petitions” and online discussion forum as part of Bristol "E-democracy".
Bristol has clearly demonstrated its cutting edge commitment to reducing climate change since 2000. This commitment was strengthened in 2009 when Bristol joined the Covenant of Mayors and set more ambitious CO2 reduction targets than the EU and UK, to reduce emissions by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. Bristol energy network is mobilising the whole city, together with initiatives such as Low Carbon Southwest to create a low carbon economy in the city. In addition, Bristol's policy on clean air and noise is commendable: the city has one of the most comprehensive air quality monitoring networks in the UK and has plans to manage transport to improve air quality and reduce noise. This could be a good opportunity for Bristol to be even more proactive with its commuters. Indeed the effects of these green policies are obvious for the city itself but seem less substantial at the level of the region. Regional integration could be reinforced.
The city offers a number of examples where it can act as a role model to cities across Europe. For example there is a local food growing initiative in place which includes community gardening. Moreover Bristol intends to connect with the other seventeen EGCA 2014 applicant cities as a platform for best practice across Europe as part of the "Community Sparkplugs" initiative."
"The Jury underlined that Bristol had made major advances, and dramatically improved its sustainable urban development over the past decades. But further improvements could still be made, especially in areas such as water consumption. It could also do more to ensure that its actions have a wider impact on the broader region outside the city."
@bgreencapital We hope you do re apply, you are leading the way for cities in the UK :)— EU GreenCapital(@EU_GreenCapital) July 3, 2012