Malmö, Sweden

Organisation: Malmö Convention Bureau 
Contact: Marie Holmberg
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 86%
Social Performance 79%
Supplier Performance 100%
Destination Management Performance 69%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


City of Malmö is renowned for its transformation from a grey industrial city to a green city of knowledge. Flagship projects like the old shipyard area Western Harbour which has been transformed into a residential and office space area with renewable energy solutions, green roofs and car pools. In the year of 2030 Malmö will be supplied by 100% renewable energy and wind power in Malmö already power 60 000 households in the region. Malmö has also been awarded the 6th most bicycle friendly city in the world and has around 500 km of cycle tracks. The public transport is driven by biogas, and biogas is produced from the city’s organic waste and sewage. It is easy to be green when arranging events in Malmö, and there is a history of hosting green events from smaller happenings to larger such as the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013.

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

The Malmö commission on social sustainability was the first local commission of its kind in the world. It was modelled on the WHO commission on social determinants of health and its report "Closing the gap in generation". Thanks to the work of the Malmö commission the City of Malmö iss considered amog the leading cities in the world when it comes to conscious determined work on changing the social determinants affecting health. According to the European Commission´s yearly Eurobarometer of quality of life Malmö ends up at number 7.

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

Malmö Festival is Scandinavia's largest festival in the urban environment and this entails a great responsibility. 2009 began a systematic work that the festival will affect the environment less for each year that passes. The work has been praised and received a number of awards . In 2014 , we were once again the trust of internationally recognized " A Greener Festival Award" and the Swedish " Environment labeled Event - Keep Sweden Tidy " . In 2013, Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest with around 100 000 visitors. The city is so proud that we managed with the ISO certification of the Eurovision , ISO 20121. It succeeded so well , which means that it is possible to implement sustainable meetings and events in the future .

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

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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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