Glasgow shortlisted for European Green Capital Award

Scotland's largest city has today been shortlisted to become the 2015 European Green Capital, and could be the first UK city to hold the title.

The European Green Capital Award promotes and rewards efforts to tackle environmental challenges facing society, and the commitment and progress made by local authorities.

Glasgow is now on the final shortlist, along with Bristol, Brussels and Ljubljana. The winning city will be announced in June in the current European Green Capital, Nantes.

Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Energy, Industry and Research Committee, said:

"I am delighted that Glasgow has made the shortlist for this award. Despite Glasgow's heavy industrial past, the city has made a huge effort to become a greener, more sustainable place and I am pleased to see that this is being recognised.

"With the support of Glasgow City Council's Sustainable Development Team, the city is promoting good energy management through minimising energy consumption, encouraging energy efficient building designs and considering the development of buildings integrated with wind turbines and this good work should be applauded.

"Fingers crossed for the big decision in the summer."