Glasgow has been shortlisted as one of four cities that will compete to become Europe's "Green Capital" in 2015.

Awarded by the European Commission, the prize is given every year to the city with the highest environmental standards.

Eight cities submitted bids for 2015. They were assessed against 12 key environmental themes including innovation, sustainable employment, energy performance, water consumption, waste water treatment and climate change.

Glasgow City councillor Liz Cameron, who is leading the bid, said the city had a strong case:

"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."

Final judging is in Brussels on 24 May and the winner will be announced in the summer.