Bristol Green Capital Partnership statement on Bristol European Green Capital 2015 review
9th January 2017
Bristol Green Capital Partnership was formed to bring together organisations supporting the idea of our city as a green capital.
Our membership of over 800 organisations pledging to work towards a sustainable city was a vital element of our city’s successful European Green Capital 2015 bid. While it was delivered by the Bristol 2015 company, Bristol Green Capital Partnership and its members were involved throughout the year.
The city institutions we represent came together to ensure that the good work done up to and during 2015 did not stop there. Following consultations with our membership, we formed a new Board to lead the not-for-profit CIC. In 2016, two further directors were elected from among our membership, and we recruited our first chief executive and an independent chair. We are now well‑placed to carry forward the positive legacy of European Green Capital.
We welcome today’s publication of the independent review of Bristol’s European Green Capital year. The Partnership has been steadfast in its belief that 2015 was a success for the city, not without its challenges but with lessons that could be learned.
Our position is supported by the review, which finds that, despite the issues that it highlights, the programme was “an undoubted success”, and that “by any measures the year was hugely successful, popular and rewarding”.
The report’s publication provides a moment for all concerned to focus on maintaining the momentum that 2015 provided, working collaboratively and inclusively to achieve our shared sustainability aims, while learning from the lessons identified by the review.
The independent reviewer concludes that: “Bristol has made a huge contribution over many years to advancing understanding and concern about environmental matters within the UK and beyond. I hope this continues to be the case for many years to come.”
Our Partnership looks forward to playing a major role in making sure Bristol’s important role continues, working with those in and around Bristol who share our vision of a ‘sustainable city with a high quality of life for all’, and cities across the UK and globally who have similar aspirations.