Copenhagen, Denmark

Organisation: Wonderful Copenhagen
Contact: Mike Hansen
Year: 2016

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 85%
Social Performance 100%
Supplier Performance 71%
Destination Management Performance 77%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Copenhagen holds the world record for consumption of organic food/ 52% of all Copenhageners commute by bicycle every day/ and 71 % of the city’s hotel rooms are eco-certified. What's more, the city's meetings product is so green that the chances are your meeting will be sustainable, whether that was your aim or not! Copenhagen is known as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world aiming to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital city in 2025. Copenhagen was the official European Green Capital in 2014, so organising a sustainable event here is no great challenge. We have certified experience in hosting state-of-the-art events with a sustainable profile. Copenhagen are also known for its clean water in the harbors inviting the locals to swim in the canals every summer, CNN rated Copenhagen as the world’s best city for swimming in May 2018

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

In addition to this, Copenhagen is the capital of a country that is listed in the absolute top of several rankings such as least corrupt country in the world accordingly to the transparency corruption perception index 2017. Furthermore, Denmark also have managed to rank top 3 according to the The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 2 in the Gender Inequality Index 2017 and are the number 1 most gay-friendly place on the planet according to Lonely Planet. Beside those fine listings Denmark are on a top 10 of the most prosperous countries according to the legatum prosperity index 2017 and Most peaceful country according to the Global Peace Index 2018 (GPI). In Denmark we have high level of welfare and healthcare. For instance Danes don't pay for hospital or education, and even at university level, there is no tuition fee. In fact every danish student receives around 900$ per month from the state.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Over the years, Copenhagen has earned the nickname Capital of Sustainable Meetings. In 2009, Copenhagen hosted the first ever eco-certified political summit, the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference COP 15 attracting more than 30.000 people to the Danish capital. In 2012, Denmark played host to the most sustainable Presidency of the European Union, certified to ISO-20121 sustainable event management standards. Wonderful Copenhagen CVB played an active role in both of the above and was a founding partner in ICCA Scandinavia Sustainability Index. Copenhagen's sustainable portfolio is so comprehensive that it is easier to hold a sustainable event than a non-sustainable one. 71% of all Copenhagen hotel rooms hold an official eco-certification. Many of the city’s convention venues are also certified, including the two largest venues Bella Center and Tivoli Congress Center and Wonderful Copenhagen CVB works actively to inspire the city’s meetings industry to go green.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

Wonderful Copenhagen has launched many good environmental initiatives and initiated a process that envisages the environment in everything they do, which was rewarded by the first ever, Green Tourism Organization certificate which is a clone of the International eco-label Green Key. This certificate also illustrate the direction that Wonderful Copenhagen wish to inspire others to take. By a leading example, Wonderful Copenhagen are soon to release their new sustainable strategy, with the purpose of inspiring and motivate the entire tourism sector to follow path in a more sustainable direction together. Since demands by the meeting industry is growing, Copenhagen must not only follow but, also lead in taking responsibility for a more sustainable culture. This is illustrated in conferences held in Copenhagen, that stop used plastic bottles, promote public transportation ways, focusing on outreach and legacy that involves sustainable improvements and much more.

Yes No
Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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