Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow shortlisted for European 'Green Capital' 2015

Glasgow has been shortlisted as one of four cities that will compete to become Europe's "Green Capital" in 2015.

Bristol, Brussels and Slovenian capital Ljubljana are the other three hopefuls.

The award, previously held by Stockholm in Sweden and Hamburg in Germany, is given every year to the city that has the highest environmental standards.

Glasgow and Bristol are each hoping to become the first British city to hold the title, which is awarded by the European Commission.

Glasgow City councillor Liz Cameron, who is leading the bid, said the city had a strong case.

"I'm looking forward to showing our European partners exactly why Glasgow is fast becoming a hub for renewable energy research and low carbon jobs," she said.

Eight cities submitted bids for 2015. They were assessed against 12 criteria including innovation and sustainable employment, energy performance, water consumption, waste water treatment and climate change.

Glasgow beat competition from Dublin in Ireland, Bydgoszcz in Poland, Kaunas in Lithuania and Kutahya in Turkey to reach the final stage of selection.

Nantes in France currently holds the title, while Copenhagen in Denmark will take the crown for 2014.

Final judging is in Brussels on 24 May and the winner will be announced in the summer, Glasgow City Council said.

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