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Gothenburg ranks number one among sustainable cities.

Annika Hallman, Gothenburg Convention Bureau (second left) recieved the prestigious leadership award from Nina Freysen-Pretorius, President ICCA. They are flanked by Aileen Crawford, Glasgow and Martin Sirk, Chief Executive Officer ICCA
For the second year in a row Gothenburg has taken the title of the most sustainable city in the world. The news was announced on Wednesday with the results of Global Destination Sustainability Index 2017. The index provides a broad international ranking of the progress cities have made toward sustainability.


“This is great news for Gothenburg. The city and the visitor industry are strongly committed to sustainability. This is recognition that our efforts are proving successful,” says Camilla Nyman, CEO of Göteborg & Co.

With a score of 92 out of a possible 100 points, Gothenburg came top of the list of meeting and event cities in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI). Gothenburg also took first place last year with a score of 83 points.

This year, Gothenburg was also awarded the prize for best Innovation for developing an app for event visitors with vision or hearing defiencies.

GDSI was set up by the MCI Group in partnership with the International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA. Annika Hallman, Meetings Manager at Göteborg & Co, accepted the prize on behalf of Gothenburg at ICCA’s annual world congress in Prague on Wednesday: “As a Gothenburger it makes me very proud to accept this in front of an audience from all over the world. It means a great deal to us when we come to persuade organisers to choose Gothenburg as a host city,” she said. The index measures every aspect of sustainability: ecological, social and economic. But to gain a high ranking in the index it is not enough to show that you have the support of the visitor industry, facilities and hotels; the city as a whole must also be engaged in sustainability issues.

All the cities are assessed on the basis of around 30 criteria. These include the city’s performance in recycling, waste management, environmental certification of hotels and restaurants, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic conditions, bike rental system and whether municipal and private companies have sustainability strategies in place.

Gothenburg gained the highest scores in all areas. The average score of 92 also means that Gothenburg has improved on its results for the previous year.

Scoring highly on sustainability gives Gothenburg a valuable advantage when it competes with other cities to attract large congresses, events and investment.

“The goal for Gothenburg is to be in the absolute top league. All the sustainability initiatives that the city takes in collaboration with local business contribute to this success. This is very much in line with our ambition to keep on pushing every aspect of sustainability,” says Camilla Nyman.

A total of 38 cities took part in the comparison. They included major cities such as Sydney, Barcelona, Glasgow and the Nordic capitals.

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