South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson will tomorrow welcome a delegation from the city of Bristol to Brussels and participate in the city’s pitch before judges to decide who will be crowned European Green Capital 2015.
Sir Graham was part of the bid's presentation last year following the city's shortlisting
and is hoping to go one step better this year and take the prize. The bid team, led by Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson, left for Brussels earlier this afternoon
The capital of the West Country has made the final shortlist for the European Green Capital award for the second year running and in its third attempt
. In the final shortlist for the 2015 award, Bristol will face off against two European Capital cities: Brussels and Ljubljana, as well as Scotland’s largest city Glasgow.
“Once again it is a great pleasure to join the Bristol Green Capital team to make our pitch for the European Green Capital prize,
” Sir Graham said
“Bristol is making enormous progress in its green agenda, particularly in the areas of air pollution and waste management. The private and public sector partnership that has been formed in the city is an example that with enough will, adapting our economy and society to reducing our carbon footprint is possible. A win would be a testament to the hard work put in by private enterprises, the city council and environment campaigners.
"Becoming a green capital will also put Bristol on the European stage as a place for economic investment when it comes to the ever expanding green industry."
After sensationally reaching the final shortlist for the 2014 award
and learning they had lost out for the second time last June
, the bid team revealed last July they had submitted another application for the 2015 award
and beat off competition from Bydgoszcz, Dublin and Kaunas to make the shortlist
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