Reykjavik, Iceland

Organisation: Meet in Reykjavik
Contact: Jón, Björnsson

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

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

2.8 metric tons CO2 in 2013 in Iceland. 0% GHG emission in electrical and heat production.

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

100 % Renewable energy. 79.1 % Hydropower. 20.9 % Geothermal Energy

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

In 2015 - 20,7 % goes to landfill. No ashes from incineration are put in landfill or open dump, they are recycled.

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

solid waste that is recycled or composted in 2015 is 77,9%

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

11 in 2013 (WHO 2016) - PM 2.5 was 10 in 2010 in Reykjavik

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

15 in 2013 (WHO 2016) - PM 10 was 10 in 2010 in Reykjavik

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

Yes

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

YES, Free of charge and sourced from renewable energy.

What is the city's Traffic Congestion Index percentage?

Reykjavik cannot be found on this list. The city is small and congestion is very rare.

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 = 14 score = 78 (2016) - Score 79, rank 13 for 2015

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

26,94 in 2012

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

Value 0.051 Rank 5 in 2015

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.

67%

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.

67,45%, the list of hotels are as follow: Canopy, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, Marina Residence, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Radisson Blu 1919, Centerhotels, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Grand Hotel and Fosshotel Reykjavik.

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

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

67%

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.

67% have a current or are in the process of obtaining one

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)?

For all of city of Reykjavik?s businesses and departments, please see notes: All of city of Reykjavik?s businesses and departments take part in the city?s Green steps project. The program limits the usage of non-recyclable/biodegradable material waste. Our tap water is also famous for being pure and untainted with chemicals and minerals and majority of restaurant and venues use tap water instead of glass bottles and therefore no use of banning bottled water since the use is minimal. There has also been an increase in the use of other natural resources in relation to water.

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

Yes: 6 ministers signed a contract saying that they will work towards minimizing food waste in Reykjavik to lower carbon in relation to carbon free city in accordance to the carbon neutral plan for 2040.

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

No

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.

Harpa does not contain certification however Harpa is considered highly eco friendly: The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is believed to be one of the?most eco-friendly?conference centre in the world.?The building was designed to use mostly natural light?through its glass facade, which covers three of the four sides of the building and results in significant reduction in power consumption.?All those who were chosen to operate within Harpa have sustainability as one of their main goals. Both restaurants and catering services use mainly local produce and follow strict recycling standards. They have more than 6,600? sqm of conference space, HARPA can accommodate up to 3500 guests at any one time.?The biggest conference booked so far had 2.450 attendees. Harpa?s green policy consist of the following: Nearly all energy consumed in Icelandic households and businesses comes from clean renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy sources. Harpa is connected to the Icelandic power grid, which has one of the highest uptime in the world. The water used in Harpa comes from water reserves located on the outskirts of Reykjav?k. The water is of the highest quality and no treatment is required before it is distributed to consumers. The facade is made of glass, resulting in reduction in lighting cost. All waste in Harpa is sorted an all recyclable waste is recycled. All detergents used in Harpa have the Swan label, a well-known ecolabelling used in the Nordic countries.

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)

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

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

The Icelandic Tourist board has created Vakinn, quality, safety and environmental label for the Icelandic tourism industry. The incentive for the industry is that the initial cost was payed for by the government.

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

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

Please see notes

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

2,700

The City of Reykjavik won the Nordic Nature and Environment Prize 2014 and was awarded the Greenest city in the world by Green City Times. The President of Iceland and the people of Iceland were presented with the first-ever Atkinson Center Award for Global Leadership in Sustainable Development for promoting the use of renewable energy while reducing it´s own reliance on fossil fuels. Reykjavík uses geothermal and hydropower for ALL electric consumption and heating and its allready limited emission of greenhouse gas will be further reduced by 35% in 2020. The city promotes all year round cycling and is further building out its cycling path system with resting places and maps. Currently there are no taxes on importation of electric cars and there is free parking in Reykjavik, resulting in substantial increase in ownership of electric cars. There has been an increase by 700% in ownership of electric cars since the first electric charger station was opened in 2014, bringing the market share of pure battery electric vehicles to 2,74%.


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

In Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, you can not only breathe clean air and drink unspoiled water straight from a stream but you can find equality and peace. We aim high in equal rights and to no surprise came first in the Global Gender Gap report in 2015. Scoring first in political empowerment and educational attainment. Our former president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the first female democratically voted as president in the world and our former female prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was named one of the 75th most powerful women in the world according to Forbes. We have been in first place in the Global Peace Index since 2011 and to no surprise Yoko Ono selected Iceland for the Imagine Peace Tower. Icelanders score high above OECD Better life index average job employment and are according to the World database of happiness a happy nation with happy life years and satisfied with life.


14
Corruption Perception ranking
27
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
5
Gender Inequality Index ranking

"Capture the energy in Iceland" is certainly a valid slogan as the country is said to be a global leader in sustainability. Reykjavik has the largest geothermal heating system in the world which makes the meeting spaces naturally eco friendly and the tap water is famous for being pure and untainted with chemicals and minerals. Meetings and events of the future will consider and incorporate social responsability, sustainability and recycling initiatives when making decisions to choose destinations, hotels and venues Green meetings is a growing demand and in Reykjavík there are many conference hotels as well as the Conference Centre Harpa that have adopted strict environmental policies. Harpa is believed to be one of the most eco-friendly conference centre in the world. The building was designed to use most natural light through its glass facade, which covers three of the four sides of the building and results in significant reduction in power consumption.


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

Given Iceland being a Pioneer in Geothermal energy with 100% of Reykjavik´s electricity and heat from renewable sources, 70% of Meet in Reykjavík employees use renewable sourced or fuel efficient transportation. The team also recycles waste as well as sometimes spend their lunch time swimming in the North Atlantic Ocean winter and summer in Ylströndin which has received the blue flag. All profits from recycled material from the office will be donated to the Breast Cancer charity. An annual informative meeting is held for our partners in September to further enhance the sustainability topic. Our planning process is to seek to build a conference forrest to reduce carbon emission.


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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