£7 million to support Bristol as European Green Capital in 2015

The funding will deliver a range of projects which will help Bristol remain at the centre of green investment and urban sustainability.

Bristol will receive £7 million of additional funding to support it as European Green Capital, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced during a visit to the city today.

The funding will deliver a range of projects which will help Bristol remain at the centre of green investment and urban sustainability. Some of the projects which will be funded following today’s announcement include:

  • The Bristol Prize – a new annual award for the best new clean technology. This will help deliver solutions for cities to deal with and alleviate climate change.
  • A sustainable living programme in UK schools to educate up to 4.5 million children about climate change and how cities can contribute to tackling this issue.
  • An international festival for Clean Technology Business, in Bristol, for a number of high profile sectors which have the greatest scope for boosting growth.
  • The Grass Roots Catalyst Fund, to incubate and develop sustainable urban living initiatives which can be scaled up and applied to cities across the world.
  • A series of international high profile summits on Climate Change. Attendees will include the Prime Minister, other leading politicians and top-level global climate change stakeholders.
  • Expand a volunteer programme to SMEs and frontline businesses to help Bristol prepare and deal with the influx of visitors during its tenure as the European Green Capital in 2015.

Danny Alexander said: “I am delighted to be supporting the UK’s first European Green Capital with extra funding that will enable Bristol to fulfil its full potential. It will also help build a stronger economy by boosting growth across key high-tech sectors and generate millions of pounds of new green investment.”

The ambition is that the private sector will match funding from government to enable Bristol to deliver this ambitious and exciting series of projects. The funding commitment also unlocks the opportunity to explore new ideas on environmental sustainability and to set the agenda in the run up to the UN Climate Change discussions in Paris in 2015.

The announcement was made at the offices of law firm Burges Salmon, who are the first official corporate sponsor for Bristol 2015. The event was hosted by Bristol 2015 Ltd, who is the organising body for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

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Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 Ltd said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the many organisations and businesses that have helped Bristol achieve this prestigious title. The funding is a real vote of confidence for Bristol and allows us to take forward some exciting initiatives. It also enables us to amplify and celebrate so much of the great work that is already happening in the Bristol City Region.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol & Bristol 2015 Ltd Board member added: “First and foremost, our year as European Green Capital must engage and inspire people from all communities across Bristol. The commitment to a Grass Roots Catalyst Fund is a particularly significant step in the next chapter of Bristol’s journey. It will enable us to empower communities in Bristol to discover and experiment with new ways to create a healthier and fairer city in which everyone can play a part.”