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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Scots Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson todaywelcomed Glasgow's nomination as a contender city to be Europe's annual greencapital.

He was speaking after the European Commissionannounced a shortlist of candidate cities for 2015.

Mr Stevenson said: "I am delighted Glasgow has beennominated in the competition. Glasgow is a city that is constantly reinventingitself and it is encouraging to see so many innovative industries taking root inthe city that helped give birth to the initial Industrial Revolution.

"I am particularly excited to see the newimprovements in water-related infrastructure, with Scottish Water's 'chokesquads' clearing sewers and council 'hit squads' clearingwatercourses.

"I am pleased to see that reducing water leakage is atop priority and that Scottish Water has already reduced leakage by 450 millionlitres of water per day (a reduction of a third). This means that there has beena huge reduction in the amount of water produced at Milngavie and Balmore watertreatment works, which serve most of Greater Glasgow. Consequently, this has ledto savings in both operating costs and carbon emissions.

"Bristol, Brussels and Ljubljana, the othershortlisted finalists, are all forward-thinking cities whose environmentalambitions must be applauded, but in my opinion, none can match Glasgow's greenvision."

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