No green city?

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A GLASGOW MSP has questioned the city’s credentials in its bid to be named green capital of Europe.

Glasgow has been shortlisted in the race to be named European Green Capital in 2015 alongside Bristol, Brussels and Slovenian city Ljubljana.

Green party politician Patrick Harvie described the decision as “surprising”.

He told The Extra: “The city’s air pollution ranks among the worst in Europe.

“The council has been slow to respond to the opportunities that the green economy has to offer, and I hope this nomination will act as a catalyst for genuine investment in sustainability in our city.

“If Glasgow is serious about becoming a green capital, the council should be looking to invest in its own renewable energy company, so that the people of our city can benefit directly from the energy and revenue of this growing industry.”

Final judging will take place in Brussels on May 24, with the winner announced in Nantes, the current capital, this summer.

Glasgow’s bid champion bailie Liz Cameron is more enthusiastic about Glasgow’s environmental policy.

She said: “This is a wonderful endorsement of everything that Glasgow is doing to build a more sustainable city.

“To be shortlisted from such strong competition is an achievement in itself; but we have a strong bid. 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.

“In 2015, we can have a greener city, greener jobs, greener lives and a greener, better future for Glaswegians.”

A total of eight cities submitted bids for the title; Glasgow, Brussels, Dublin, Bristol, Bydgoszcz, Kaunas, Kutahyu and Ljubljana.

Bids were assessed against 12 key environmental themes – including employment, water consumption, waste water treatment and climate change.

The current title holder is Nantes, and Copenhagen will take the crown in 2014.