Gothenburg, Sweden

Organisation: Göteborg & Co
Contact: Nnika, Hallman

Year: 2017

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Does the city have a Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction strategy? Please indicate if it includes specific reference to the events/hospitality industry.Please provide source (i.e./ website or link to PDF document).

Yes. Climate programme for Gothenburg

What is the city's Greenhouse gas emissions per capita? Please provide source and year (i.e./ website or link to PDF document).

5 tonnes/capita (2016)

What percentage of the city's total electricity usage is derived from renewable sources (e.g./ wind/ bio/ solar/ hydro/ tidal or geothermal energy)? Please provide source and year

Electricity from the swedish grid, as it is used in Gothenburg, had 51% renewable energy in its productionmix by 2016. According to ekonomifakta.se which uses statistics from the SCB, Statistics Sweden.

What percentage of the city?s solid waste has been disposed of in a landfill or open dump (including ashes from incineration)? Please provide source and year

4% incombustible waste and 11% ashes to landfill, most of it is used as construction material. (2016)

What percentage of city's solid waste is recycled or composted?

92% is recycled, composted or energy recovered. (2016)

What is the city's annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) concentration?

6 (measurements conducted by the environmental department, 2016)

What is the city's annual Particulate Matter (PM10) concentration?

17 (measurements conducted by the environmental department, 2016)

Does your destination offer public Bicycle Sharing Facilities and Network? Please provide details and a link

Yes. Donkey Bikes

Does your destination offer Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations ?Please provide details and a link

Yes.

What is the city's Traffic Congestion Index percentage?

23%

Which of the following public transport links exist between the main airport and the city centre? Please indicate which of the following apply:

Express Bus

What is the country's score and ranking on the Corruption Perception Index?

Rank: 4 Score: 88

What is the country's score and ranking on the World Bank Gini Index?Please use the data for the most recent year given.

Score: 27,32 (2012)

What is the country's score and ranking on the Gender Inequality Index?

Rank: 4 Value: 0,048

What percentage of the city?s total hotel room inventory has an active 3rd party sustainability certification? Please provide a list showing the name of the certifications and total number of rooms for each of the certified hotels.

93% A total of 9871 rooms are counted whereof 9154 rooms hold an active 3rd party sustainability certification.

What percentage of the total hotel room inventory is within walking distance (1km) of the congress and exhibition centre(s)? Please include a list of hotels or link to a pre-existing list.

84%

What percentage of the city?s hotel room inventory is easily accessible (within 30mins) by public transport to/from the congress and exhibition centre(s)?

100%

Does the city's largest airport have a current eco-certification?

Yes. ISO 14 001 and Airport Carbon Accreditation/Level 3+ Neutrality (highest level).

What percentage of PCOs and DMCs located in the city (over 3 full-time employees) have a formal written sustainability policy? Please list the agency names

100%

What percentage of PCOs and DMCs located in the city (over 3 full-time employees) have a current eco-certification?Please list the agency names and the certifications they hold.

29%

Are there laws in place for restaurants and/or F&B suppliers to reduce non-recyclable/biodegradable material waste (e.g./ plastic bags/ water bottles or styrofoam)?

Yes. The Swedish Environmental Code Chapter 2, 5 ? Every person running a business is obliged to economise natural resurses and energi and has to use opportunities to1. reduce the amount of waste,2. reduce the amount of harmful substances i materials and products,3. reduce the negative effekts of waste and4. recycle waste.andregulation (2016:1041)Businesses have to inform customers about the environmental disadvantage of plastic bags and give information about alternatives.

Are there laws in place for restaurants and/or F&B suppliers to reduce food waste?

Yes. The Swedish Environmental Code Chapter 2, 5 ? Every person running a business is obliged to economise natural resurses and energi and has to use opportunities to1. reduce the amount of waste,2. reduce the amount of harmful substances i materials and products,3. reduce the negative effekts of waste and4. recycle waste.

Does the city have a program and/or certification promoting or supporting restaurants with a commitment to sustainability (e.g./ organic/ locally sourced/ vegetarian options)?Please provide more information

Yes. The city offers a programme - Sustainable Restaurants - including coaching, education, networking and promotion. http://xn--hllbararestauranger-0wb.se/ Gothenburg is a FairTradeCity. http://fairtrade.se/fairtradecity/om/ The city also provides support to restaurants that wishes to certify their company according to the national environmental diploma.

What percentage of the city's congress and exhibition centres have active third-party sustainability certification? Please provide a list with the name of the certification for each of the certified venues.

100%

Has the CVB/DMO established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?Please indicate which of the following components are included and provide a copy or link

Commitment Statement, Vision, SMART Objectives, Integrated sustainability

How does the CVB/DMO manage the development and governance of the destination sustainability program.Please indicate all that apply

Internal sustainability team / committee,Committee with external industry stakeholders (e.g. venues/hotels),Dedicated sustainability manager,Committee with external non-industry stakeholders (e.g. NGOs/authorities/clients)

Does the CVB/DMO regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress? Please indicate which of the following components are included and provide a copy or link

Data and details of sustainability performance published on CVB/DMOs website,Data and details of the sustainability performance included in Annual CVB Report,Annual Sustainability Report of CVB/DMO,Externally audited / certified Sustainability Report using GRI G4/ GSTC or similar criteria

Does the CVB/DMO support or lead local sustainability training for the city's MICE industry? Please indicate which of the following is done:

Organise training programs about sustainability, Organise regular events about/including sustainability in the MICE industry

Do the CVB/ DMO or local authorities provide incentives or funding for events or event organisers wanting to increase sustainability performance? Please explain

Yes. Support offered for both corporate and association planner and suppliers as well as for meetings and events. ? Financial support, knowledge support and/or human resources support.

Does the CVB/DMO provide information about the destination?s sustainability features/ suppliers and best practice in its RFP responses and sales informationPlease explain

Yes. Both basic/general sustainability information and of specific interest to the target group in bids, on website and in dialogue.

Does the CVB/DMO website provide information about the destination?s sustainability features/ suppliers and best practice.Please list all that apply and add a link to the website

Basic Info, Sustainable event guides and manuals,Sustainable supplier lists,Best practice example

Does the CVB/DMO provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions? Please indicate:

Free Public Transport,Discounted Public Transport,Other

Does the CVB/DMO have an accessibility program that supports attendees with physical challenges to participate in events in the destination?Please explain

Yes. City infrastructure and suppliers included. The city ?Travel Planner? enables people to research a trip based on their individual accessibility requirements, for example, space for a wheelchair or audible stop notification. Accessibility inventory A web-based tool ?The Accessibility database? open for venues to inform on accessibility. Education, inspiration and checklists for suppliers and organisers.

Does the CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local communityPlease select all that apply and explain.

Donation programs for food,Donation program for leftover event materials,List of NGO partners and projects,Other


City Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population

3,358

Gothenburg is one of the world's most progressive cities when it comes to addressing climate and environmental issues. The regional climate target is to be fossil-independent by 2030 and Gothenburg was the first city in the world to issue Green Bonds in order to accelerate investments in climate-oriented solutions. The city offers world-class and internationally recognised green system solutions and we aim to set an international example by constantly challenging every aspect of sustainability. Eco-certified suppliers, venues run on renewables, our environmental diploma system and the proximity in the city are important factors in achieving ecological sustainability. Gothenburg has a low emission zone in place and the airport is certified to the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme. The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development, founded by the city, is an international prize awarded to a person or organisation for outstanding contributions towards a more sustainable future. By giving this international prize we get to celebrate success and learn from the best. Among former winners are Paul Polman, CEO Unilever/ Kofi Annan, UN secretary.


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

Gothenburg is a port city and international exchange and cultural diversity has always been part of our city´s DNA. Social sustainability and inclusion are important aspects and the city government has established an ambitious programme to fight segregation and to close inequality gaps. The city has received the European Access City Award for the strategic and structured work towards a city accessible for all. Sweden's first municipal LGBT advisory board was established here in 2013. Team Gothenburg-project engages young adults, representing all districts, in city events to help break down prejudices relating to gender, ethnicity, background etc.


4
Corruption Perception ranking
27
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
4
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Gothenburg is a world leading destination for sustainable meetings and events – rated #1 on the GDS Index 2016 as well as #1 on past editions of the ICCA Scandinavia Sustainability Index. World-class and internationally recognised sustainable solutions are in place and with great experience in making major events sustainable and accessible we strive to minimise any negative impact on people and the environment. Events like European Championships, Way Out West and the Gothenburg Culture Festival are used as living-lab platforms and show the way ahead in developing a sustainable meetings and events destination where inclusion and accessibility are important features.


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

By 2021 Gothenburg will be a destination that sets an international example by constantly challenging every aspect of sustainability. Our conviction is that our industry is an important contributor towards a sustainable society. Göteborg & Co works closely with our partners to move sustainability efforts further. Producing events in-house gives us the opportunity to use events as platforms for innovation and testing of sustainable activities and processes. All company-controlled events hold a third-party certification.


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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