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Aalborg 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Every year Aalborg holds a sustainability festival week where the city and the municipality invite everyone to showcase their sustainable projects in the city and surrounding area. The city of Aalborg has had sustainability on the agenda for many years with the “Aalborg Charter”, and continues to push its development towards a more sustainable future. The ‘Aalborg Charter’ (1994) is an urban environment sustainability initiative approved by the participants at the first European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Aalborg, Denmark. It is inspired by the Rio Earth Summit’s Local Agenda 21 plan, and was developed to contribute to the European Union’s Environmental Action Programme, ‘Towards Sustainability’. The Charter is based on the consensus of individuals, municipalities, NGOs, national and international organisations, and scientific bodies. More than 3000 local authorities from more than 40 countries have signed the Charter. This has resulted in the largest European movement of its type.
From the very beginning, VisitAalborg CVB has been a supporter and a part of the development of the ICCA Scandinavian Sustainability Index, now extended to the Global Sustainability Destination Index. 64% of all hotel capacity in Aalborg holds an official eco-certification, and the largest conference venue of the city Aalborg Congress & Culture Center has obtained an official ISO 20121 certification in 2017! VisitAalborg CVB also provides information for clients on how to host a sustainable meeting in Aalborg and North Denmark.
Apart from the environmental aspect, Aalborg is the happiest city in the EU (2016) and a city in a country listed in the absolute top of rankings such as least corrupt country/ most prosperous country/ most peaceful country/ and best country for women.
Summary
Does Visit Aalborg  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Aalborg have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Aalborg  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Every year Aalborg holds a sustainability festival week where the city and the municipality invite everyone to showcase their sustainable projects in the city and surrounding area. The city of Aalborg has had sustainability on the agenda for many years with the “Aalborg Charter”, and continues to push its development towards a more sustainable future. The ‘Aalborg Charter’ (1994) is an urban environment sustainability initiative approved by the participants at the first European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Aalborg, Denmark. It is inspired by the Rio Earth Summit’s Local Agenda 21 plan, and was developed to contribute to the European Union’s Environmental Action Programme, ‘Towards Sustainability’. The Charter is based on the consensus of individuals, municipalities, NGOs, national and international organisations, and scientific bodies. More than 3000 local authorities from more than 40 countries have signed the Charter. This has resulted in the largest European movement of its type.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
17.389 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
From the very beginning, VisitAalborg CVB has been a supporter and a part of the development of the ICCA Scandinavian Sustainability Index, now extended to the Global Sustainability Destination Index. 64% of all hotel capacity in Aalborg holds an official eco-certification, and the largest conference venue of the city Aalborg Congress & Culture Center has obtained an official ISO 20121 certification in 2017! VisitAalborg CVB also provides information for clients on how to host a sustainable meeting in Aalborg and North Denmark.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Apart from the environmental aspect, Aalborg is the happiest city in the EU (2016) and a city in a country listed in the absolute top of rankings such as least corrupt country/ most prosperous country/ most peaceful country/ and best country for women.
85
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
90
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
88
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

The GDS-Index uses 69 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

City Environmental
Performance

Sustainability Strategy

Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Transportation

Green Areas

Water

City Social
Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

Supplier
Performance

Hotels

Airport

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

Venues

Academia

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

Ownership

The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and European Cities Marketing. Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood is responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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