Bristol City Council wins 2012 EMAS Award

January 10, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-01-10


The prestigious Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Award, assigned by the European Commission to environmentally top performing public authorities and companies, has been awarded to ICLEI Member Bristol (United Kingdom).


The City Council of Bristol was awarded in the category of best large public organisation for its excellent water management and water efficiency at a ceremony held in fellow ICLEI Member Brussels (Belgium).

Bristol’s water measures, such as replacing greenery in public parks with less water intensive plants and improving school water facilities, greatly improved efficiency and contributed to more sustainable water use. Through replacing schools’ kitchen sinks with industrial quality equipment over 600 m3 of water was saved per school alone. Another innovative initiative was the “Get on Board Campaign”, which encouraged boaters to dispose of water correctly, preventing harbour pollution.

Gus Hoyt, cabinet member of the Bristol City Council, said that the city is not only looking after the environment, but is also enhancing the quality of life of citizens. Already the Council’s water measures have saved over £40,000 on water bills. The theme of the 2012 edition of the EMAS Awards was “Water management”, coming in the context of the European Water Year 2012.

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