Bristol Green Capital

Bristol Green Capital

Review of European Green Capital: report

In May 2016 Bristol’s incoming Mayor, Marvin Rees, promised an independent review of the city’s year as European Green Capital to learn from its experience.

This was conducted by Steve Bundred of the Local Government Association.

His report was published on Monday 9 January 2017.

Download: Review of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital Year report (pdf, 581KB) (opens new window)

In 2015 Bristol became the UK’s first ever European Green Capital in recognition of what its citizens have already achieved in making our city a healthier, happier place to live in.

As climate change makes sustainable, low carbon living more and more fundamental to the future of cities and people, the title of European Green Capital is also becoming increasingly important.

Bristol 2015 was an opportunity to show how cities and citizens can play a core role in solving some of the biggest challenges of our time.

The European Green Capital award was presented to the City of Bristol. There were three key organisations involved:

  • Bristol 2015 Ltd is an independent company responsible for delivering a number of key events and activities during the year, including a Neighbourhood Arts programme, Schools programme and a series of national and international summits. 
  • Bristol City Council is supporting the year with its own programme and grants funding process and carrying forward part of the 2015 legacy.
  • The Bristol Green Capital Partnership is an independent Community Interest Company with over 700 member organisations whose focus is the legacy from European Green Capital through long-term, long-lasting change. The Bristol Green Capital Partnership has its own website: