Glasgow, Scotland

Organisation: Glasgow Convention Bureau 
Contact: Aileen Crawford
Year: 2017

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 71%
Social Performance 75%
Supplier Performance 71%
Destination Management Performance 94%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word Glaschu, which can be translated as ‘dear green place’. Glasgow is championing its aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 – with a focus on improving quality of life in the city, protecting the environment and developing a green economy with sustainability top of the agenda. From the installation of ‘smart’ LED streetlights and more electric vehicle charging stations to the creation of renewable energy schemes and green jobs, Glasgow’s vision is to become a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action. Already well known as a city that works together, the partners that support Glasgow City Council’s Sustainable Glasgow initiative are drawn from housing, communities, business, universities, enterprise and education.

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

Glasgow and Scotland play host to some of the world’s biggest energy businesses and are internationally recognised as having one of the healthiest and most diverse energy industries in the world.

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

Glasgow is at the forefront of low-carbon developments, with world-leading industry and academic organisations working in this sector. This in turn has had a positive impact on the number of conferences held in this area. In 2017, 15% of all conferences in the city were in the field of sustainability, second only to medical and life sciences meetings. Glasgow is also home to the UK's largest annual renewable energy event, All Energy, which attracts more than 7,000 attendees annually. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) holds the highest award possible – the Gold Award – for Green Tourism and provides free city bike hire for delegates. Over 95% of the city's hotel bedrooms, representing more than 7,000 rooms, are within 30 minutes of the SEC and easily accessible by public transport. Moreover, some 40% of Glasgow’s hotels have achieved a Green Tourism award.

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

Glasgow, a city at the forefront of innovation during the Industrial Revolution of the 1750s is today one of Europe's most sustainable cities. With a heritage of innovation and academic excellence in sustainability, Glasgow offers an ideal platform for meetings in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. Glasgow brings industry and academia together to benefit your meeting.

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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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