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Bristol: UK's most sustainable city

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Bristol has been named as Britain’s most sustainable city by the development group Forum for the Future.

It beat fellow southern cities, Brighton & Hove and Plymouth, which finished in second and third places respectively.

The sustainable development group’s annual survey ranks progress in Britain’s 20 largest cities, ranking them on environmental performance, quality of life and ‘future-proofing’, as well as how well they address climate change, recycling and biodiversity.

Forum chief executive Peter Madden said: “Leaders with passion and drive, who put sustainability at the heart of their vision, can create thriving cities which offer their people a high quality of life, respect their environment, and have the resilience to cope with the changes climate change will bring.”

Bristol came top as a result of its increase in recycling and composting rate and its high scores on water quality, waste collection and green spaces to triumph over Brighton & Hove, last year’s winner.

Newcastle, in fourth place, was the only northern city in the top five. Edinburgh and Leeds which were in the top five last year have slipped down the league table.

Liverpool, Birmingham and Hull remain in the bottom four on the index.

Overall city rankings

2008 rank City
(2007 rank)
1 (3) Bristol
2 (1) Brighton & Hove
3 (4) Plymouth
4 (8) Newcastle
5 (6) Cardiff
6 (2) Edinburgh
7 (7) Sheffield
8 (14) Leicester
9 (10) London
10= (9) Bradford
10= (11) Nottingham
12 (13) Sunderland
13 (5) Leeds
14 (17) Coventry
15 (12) Manchester
16 (16) Wolverhampton
17 (20) Liverpool
18 (15) Glasgow
19 (19) Birmingham
20 (18) Hull

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