Sapporo, Japan

Organisation: Sapporo Convention Bureau 
Contact: Dima, Azarov

Year: 2017

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 69%
Social Performance 67%
Supplier Performance 54%
Convention Bureau Performance 56%

City Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Located on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is not just at the top of Japan geographically speaking. With a population of 1.9 million, comparable to world capitals such as Paris, Vienna and Barcelona, and with an area the size of Hong Kong, Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest metropolis, over 60% of which is covered by greenery and 7 meters of snow for the period of 132 days a year. In fact, one of the landmarks of Sapporo - Moerenuma Park was built on a waste landfill, while the park’s signature and one of the city’s unique venues - Glass Pyramid uses a snow cooling system, a unique environmental feature that has been adopted by the city’s New Chitose Airport. The former host of Asia’s first winter Olympics has also been a longtime frontrunner of local production-local consumption, with an overwhelming food sufficiency rate of 208%, which is five times more of Japan’s average, giving the destination its reputation and brand value as Japan’s leading gourmet city, not to mention its beer.

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

Nationwide surveys consistently rank Sapporo as Japan's most desirable city to live in. It is no surprise to the residents, who enjoy the advantages of big-city living with the majesty of the stunning natural environment of Hokkaido, which was named the No. 1 destination to visit in Asia by Lonely Planet in 2016. Apart from the smooth air access, Sapporo offers a convenient public transportation system, including subway which boasts various technologically advanced features such as noise-reducing rubber tires, as well as a bicycle sharing system – Porocle.

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

The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit 2008 that paid intensive focus on environmental issues, left behind a strong legacy in Sapporo, which made the Eco Capital Sapporo declaration the same year. In 2007, prior to the Summit, Hokkaido University, one of the oldest universities in Japan, held its first Hokkaido University Sustainability Weeks event, which has grown into annual international event. Other events such as the Greener Week has followed, with the NPO Convention Sapporo Network spreading the Green Convention initiative among the local suppliers.

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

Inspired by the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit 2008, Sapporo Convention Bureau has been contributing to the concept of green meetings by actively promoting the environmentally-conscious operations and practices through its Green MICE Initiative.

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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