Dublin, Ireland

Organisation: Meet In Ireland 
Contact: Sam Johnston
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 52%
Social Performance 64%
Supplier Performance 57%
Destination Management Performance 54%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Dublin is known for its greenery, but being green doesn’t just include the scenery. It’s a city with an ever growing public transport system, including bus, tram and train that carried a combined 275.3 million passengers in 2015 alone. On top of that, over 4 million users availed of Dublin’s bicycle sharing scheme that is easily accessible from multiple points across the city. Dublin is home to the world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre, and many other venues across the city have been inspired by this innovative example to become more sustainable. Dublin is ranked the 34th best place in the world to live, 33rd on the Liveability Index, and above the EU average for gender equality. As a tech hub it’s a city that’s always innovating, including finding new and improved ways to take care of the world we live in. Organising a sustainable event in Dublin couldn’t be easier.

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

Dublin rose to 13th place in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2014 rankings of top convention cities in the World. While home to world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre, it is also Europe's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 24th annual World Travel Awards. Dublin is also proud to be home to Europe's Leading Green Hotel 2017.

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

As part of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is a hub for green meetings. In 2010 the doors opened to the world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre, which has a continued commitment to the environment through helping host sustainable meetings. Initiatives are in place to expand the reach of corporate social responsibility, such as through Emission Zero which will donate 10% of your carbon offset charge to Haven, an Irish NGO, building homes and hope in Haiti. Over half of the city’s hotel rooms are easily accessible from an array of public transport options, two thirds of the city’s conference venues are also eco-certified as well as Dublin Airport. Dublin also has a strong infrastructure regarding waste management, such as in 2002 plastic bag tax. The entire city is on a green mission, inspiring the meetings industry to go green as well.

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

Support for sustainability is available at a nationwide level for the entire MICE industry. From venues getting on board with an Energy Efficiency Partnership Scheme offered by a national energy provider, to having Europe’s biggest urban park at the heart of the city, sustainability is key aspect to having an event in Dublin.

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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