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Bristol European Green Capital 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Bristol European Green Capital 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is European Green Capital?

 
This is an annual award designed to promote and reward the efforts of cities to improve the environment. The award was first won by Stockholm in 2010. Since then, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes and Copenhagen have carried the torch. Bristol will hand over the award to Ljubljana in 2016. All cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants can be a candidate for European Green Capital. Entries are assessed on the basis of 12 indicators: local contribution to global climate change, transport, green urban areas, noise, waste production and management, nature and biodiversity, air, water consumption, waste water treatment, eco-innovation and sustainable employment, environmental management of the local authority, and energy performance.
 

Why did Bristol win?

 
Bristol City Council entered the award with support from the Green Capital Partnership on 3 occasions under 3 different administrations. Bristol won by proving we have achieved high environmental standards, by demonstrating our ambitious goals for sustainable development and by committing to act as a role model to inspire other cities.

It wasn’t just our 40 years of pioneering environmental efforts. It was also real successes in areas like energy, waste, food and travel. Add in Bristol’s willingness to take risks and look at new ideas, and our ambitious plans for the future. Not to mention the fact that we’re actually getting on with them right now.

Bristol won for all these reasons put together, but also wrapped up in something bigger: a pioneering spirit and personality that’s been with us throughout our 800 years as a city. Don’t forget what the Green Capital judges said: “The award of European Green Capital 2015 goes to the city with the sense of fun.”
 

Which organisation is behind European Green Capital?

 
There are three key organisations involved:
 
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Bristol 2015 Ltd is an independent company responsible for delivering a number of key events and activities during the year, including a Neighbourhood Arts programme, Schools programme and a series of national and international summits. Bristol 2015 Ltd is led by the Senior Management Team and Board. The company has received support from a mix of public and private organisations. Official partners include: KPMG, First, Skanska, Arts Council England, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Bristol City Council. Official supporters include: Burges Salmon, Arup, Airbus, DNVGL, Triodos Bank, Bristol Sport, Bristol Airport, Ikea and Bristol Energy. Official suppliers include: Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol Water and Wessex Water. And support from strategic partners: BBC, University of Bristol, UWE, Business West, Low Carbon South West, Destination Bristol.
 
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Bristol City Council is supporting the year with its own programme and grants funding process and will carry forward part of the 2015 legacy from Bristol 2015 Ltd next year and beyond.
 
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The Bristol Green Capital Partnership has recently become an independent Community Interest Company with over 750 member organisations whose focus is the legacy from European Green Capital through long-term, long-lasting change. Further information is available on Green Capital Partnership website.
 

What is the Bristol 2015 goal?

 
Bristol 2015 has three key goals:

  1. Local empowerment: to work with existing initiatives, networks and local communities to ensure that the value of sustainable living is delivered across Bristol’s neighbourhoods, businesses and the voluntary sector, resulting in attitude and behaviour change.
  2. International Reach: To build Bristol’s global profile as the UK’s most pioneering, sustainable city and region, to encourage exports, investment, tourism and economic growth.
  3. Sustainability leadership: For Bristol to become the leading forum for UK, European and global exchange in sustainability expertise, in the lead up to the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change.

 

What is the relationship between Bristol 2015 and Bristol City Council?

 
Bristol 2015 Ltd has a contractual agreement with Bristol City Council to deliver key events and activities during 2015, including a Neighbourhood Arts programme, Schools programme and a series of national and international summits.

Bristol City Council has allocated £1m to the Bristol 2015 programme from its general fund, which includes funds from Council Tax and other sources. An extra £200,000 has been specifically allocated to the One Tree Per Child project, which is now being managed directly by the City Council. £7m of funding from the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has been made available to Bristol 2015 Ltd via a contract with Bristol City Council to enable delivery of specific aspects of their Programme.
 

What is the relationship between Bristol 2015 and Bristol Green Capital Partnership?

 
Bristol Green Capital Partnership has recently become an independent Community Interest Company with over 750 organisations whose focus is the legacy from European Green Capital through long-term, long-lasting change. Prior to Bristol 2015 Ltd, Bristol Green Capital Partnership was the centre of green activity in the city across public, private and third sector. Its purpose is to establish Bristol as a Low Carbon City with a High Quality of Life for All. To date, over 750 businesses and organisations have signed up to this pledge. It is currently focusing on ensuring that its members play an active leadership role in the delivery of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital Programme, and becoming a dynamic and fit for purpose independent legacy organisation after 2015.
 

How can I find out what is taking place during the Green Capital ear?

 
All information relating to Bristol’s year as European Green Capital may be found on the Bristol 2015 website https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/. The website includes a directory, event calendar, news stories and links to opportunities. There are also Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. There is a link to sign up to a newsletter at the bottom of the Bristol 2015 homepage.
 

Are there any specific business activities taking place during the year?

 

Commercial opportunities

 
There are opportunities for private sector to engage through cash and in-kind commitments. For more information, please contact sophie.abrahams@bristol2015.co.uk.
 

Go Green

 
Go Green www.gogreenbusiness.co.uk is the business engagement programme for Bristol 2015. It enables businesses of all sizes, all sectors, stages of green/sustainability involvement to demonstrate what they are doing to be green and sustainable. Its online tool will challenge participating businesses to make further improvements by developing a unique Action Plan which will sign post participating businesses to appropriate local support. Businesses participating in the scheme get the opportunity to earn access to the Go Green brand which is associated with Bristol 2015.
 

Debate

 
Festival of Ideas will be running a series of lectures and Bristol Debates. The findings from these will used to inform discussions atthe UN Climate Summit (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015.
 

How can my business/organisation support Bristol 2015 local empowerment goal?

 

 

How can my business/organisation support Bristol 2015 international reach goal?

 

  • Make reference to Bristol being the first city in the UK to have won the title European Green Capital.
  • Make reference to the fact that Bristol is the current European Green Capital on account of its environmental movement, low carbon industries and desire to create a sustainable city.
  • Refer any business or organisation interested in finding our about opportunities in Bristol to Invest Bristol and Bath.

 

How can my business/organisation support Bristol 2015 sustainability leadership goal?

 

  • Make reference to the fact that Bristol is the current European Green Capital on account of its environmental movement, low carbon industries and desire to create a sustainable city.

 

How can my business/organisation demonstrate its commitment to the long term vision to create a Low Carbon City with a high quality of life?

 

  • Make your long term commitment to develop Bristol as a low carbon city with a high quality of life by signing up to the Green Capital Pledge.

 

How should I introduce Green Capital to colleagues/stakeholders from other cities/countries?

 

  • Wear the “In it For” badge to stimulate conversation
  • Make reference to Bristol being the first city in the UK to have won the title European Green Capital.

 

How can I feed in to Green Capital what my business is doing to be sustainable e.g. Installing Solar Panels, Recycling, Cycling to work?

 

  • Participate in Go Green. This business allows businesses to SAY IT by demonstrating their commitment to sustainable business practices; DO IT by accessing an online tool to develop an Action Plan linking to local initiatives and support to enable on-going improvement and PROVE IT to gain kudos for their achievements.

 

My staff want to get involved with Green Capital – what can they do?

 

  • Do the 15 in 15 challenge – details are found here.
  • Volunteering – the opportunities are listed here.
  • Attend events – the event calendar may be found here.

 
 

My business/organisation is running a sustainability/green focused event.

 

 

How can my business/organisation show it is supportive of Green Capital?

 

  • Wearing the In it for Good badge
  • Sign up to Go Green
  • Creating a listing on the Bristol 2015 Directory – Please see here for guidance

 

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