UWE Bristol integral to success of Bristol winning European Green Capital

Issue date: 14 June 2013

The University of the West of England played a key role in helping the city to win the bid to become the European Green Capital.

The promotional films featured work by UWE Bristol researchers looking at technologies that could transform our futures through sustainable energy creation and water management.

To view the film click here.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West said, I am delighted that Bristol has been recognised as the European Green Capital City. The University is working hard with the City Region, industry partners, unitary authorities to create a sustainable and healthy City. We have worked in partnership to deliver a fantastic outcome. However we must continue to focus on this agenda and build on our successes.”

Professor Martin Bigg said, “As Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership I am very pleased to be working with business and community groups and the Universities to make Bristol a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all. It has been very encouraging and an honour working with colleagues from across the city to put the bid in and make the case in Brussels to the jury.

“The Partnership has redoubled its efforts since last year when we came a close second to Copenhagen for the title of European Green Capital.

“I am particularly pleased that the Environmental Technology Innovation Network (iNet) based at UWE, working with local partners and businesses, has been able to achieve significant improvements in environmental innovation. The Environmental iNet was instrumental in the development of the Hydrogen Ferry and a UWE academic was behind the use of straw bale panels as seen in the film at Bordeaux Quay, Knowle West Media Centre and at UWE. These innovations have been welcomed and valued by the technical assessors and judges of the Bristol bid.

“Bristol's bid has benefited from the partnership working between the city and the University on aspects ranging from transport to air quality.

“It is great that the efforts of the city have been recognised and rewarded with the title of European Green Capital 2015.”

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