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Bristol’s bid for European Green Capital award gets UK government backing #greenbristolbid

Thursday, 9 May 2013
Bristol's bid to be named 2015 European Green Capital, its third attempt, has got the full backing of the British government.

Visiting the city on Wednesday, Liberal Democrat MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said to Bristol Insider:

"Bristol did very well last time, and it's a case of making sure that all the things it is doing well are maximised – hopefully the Green Deal can help with that, along with things like the Bristol Switch & Save scheme – this is a great example of getting a dialogue going at a community level."

"Bristol's a green city - local politicians support it and the businesses here innovate, so the number of ‘green jobs’ being created here. We're determined to create a more sustainable energy mix and reduce demand on coal in particular."

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.

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.

South West MEP says enough is enough, urges seabird death chemical to be banned

South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has said enough is enough and is calling for Polyisobutylene, the chemical thought to be responsible for killing birds off the South West of England, to be banned.

The senior MEP is urging the government and the European Commission to take action on the source of major pollution that has led to the washing up of nearly 3,000 birds off the Devon, Dorset and Cornish coast this year.

The birds are believed to have been polluted by chemicals discharged from ships sailing through the English Channel. The substance is thought to be Polyisobutene (PIB), a sticky rubber like substance used in a variety of commercial products. Ships clean out their tanks after leaving port, dumping residue PIB into the sea. The chemical forms a sticky glue-like condition when in contact with water.

Currently, restrictions are placed on ships sailing up to 12 miles off the coast but it is legal in international law to dump substances outside this territory. Sir Graham believes that international agreements can be tightened to combat this practice and has written to the Department for Transport and submitted a parliamentary question to the European Commission (E-005005/2013).

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