Bristol is now officially the greenest city in the European Union.
It is the first in the UK to be given the European Green Capital status since the award was launched in 2008.
The European Commission said the Jury was impressed by Bristol’s green credentials, which include homes becoming 25% more energy efficient in the last 10 years, almost a fifth of residents walking to work and the city’s low carbon economy employing around 9,000 people.
Bristol has also pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 and has become the first UK city to join an international platform for local and sub-national climate action.
It is now the 500th reporting city of the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), which includes more than 1,000 climate and energy commitments and 5,000 mitigation and adaptation actions.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said: “Reporting our climate action data into the carbonn Climate Registry helps us to keep track of our targets and inspire cities and nations to set more ambitious targets and act urgently to address the pressing issue of climate change.”