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Belfast 2020 GDS-Index Report
2020 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
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Social
Belfast City Council's Commissioner for Resilience worked with partners across Belfast to identify major long-term risks for Belfast. The result of this engagement produced Belfast's first (draft) Resilience Strategy which propose that we transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in a generation. The Resilience Strategy is the first time organisations and individuals have worked together to identify the shocks and stresses which make Belfast vulnerable and which threaten our social, environmental and economic future. The strategy identifies 3 areas of focus - children, climate and connectivity. Within these areas, 38 actions and programmes have been recommended for action across the city. As part of this journey towards city resilience, Council's Resilience and Tourism, Culture, Heritage and Arts Unit have partnered with the city DMO, Visit Belfast, to bring a co-ordinated focus to the sustainable tourism agenda in the city for the first time. This is the beginning of a destination journey from which we will develop the city's vision for sustainable tourism and ensure that it forms an integral part of our future 10-year action plan for tourism in Belfast.
In October 2019 BCCs elected members declared a climate emergency and launched commitments that: - Council becomes a carbon neutral organisation as soon as possible - Belfast's carbon emissions are reduced by 80% against 2005 levels - Work would commence towards a climate adaption and mitigation plan. Co-Chaired by BCC and Queen's University, Belfast's Climate Commission was established in December 2019. This Commission is one of 3 city-based commissions across the UK (with Leeds and Edinburgh) to translate climate policy into action on the ground. Belfast's Resilience Commissioner acknowledges the role that sustainable tourism has to play in the city ecosystem. Great progress has been made in mobilising awareness of this issue; we acknowledge that there is still much work to do in terms of translating this into quantifiable environmental sustainability performance.
Belfast City Council and the organisations it funds endeavour to deliver civic festivals and events with the least amount of environmental impact possible. This currently involves a partnership approach, working with organisations such the Green Arts Collective to support the Belfast Climate Commission and improve sustainability practices across the culture and arts sector. This is a movement which has recently gathered considerable momentum and aims to change the mindsets of audiences and communities as well as deliver sustainable events within the city.
Belfast's Resilience Strategy is aligned with the 17 UN sustainability goals. Belfast performs largely within the expected range for social sustainability on the Social Progress Index.
Summary
Belfast City Council's Commissioner for Resilience worked with partners across Belfast to identify major long-term risks for Belfast. The result of this engagement produced Belfast's first (draft) Resilience Strategy which propose that we transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in a generation. The Resilience Strategy is the first time organisations and individuals have worked together to identify the shocks and stresses which make Belfast vulnerable and which threaten our social, environmental and economic future. The strategy identifies 3 areas of focus - children, climate and connectivity. Within these areas, 38 actions and programmes have been recommended for action across the city. As part of this journey towards city resilience, Council's Resilience and Tourism, Culture, Heritage and Arts Unit have partnered with the city DMO, Visit Belfast, to bring a co-ordinated focus to the sustainable tourism agenda in the city for the first time. This is the beginning of a destination journey from which we will develop the city's vision for sustainable tourism and ensure that it forms an integral part of our future 10-year action plan for tourism in Belfast.
Does Belfast City Council - in Partnership with Visit Belfast have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Belfast have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Belfast City Council - in Partnership with Visit Belfast report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
In October 2019 BCCs elected members declared a climate emergency and launched commitments that: - Council becomes a carbon neutral organisation as soon as possible - Belfast's carbon emissions are reduced by 80% against 2005 levels - Work would commence towards a climate adaption and mitigation plan. Co-Chaired by BCC and Queen's University, Belfast's Climate Commission was established in December 2019. This Commission is one of 3 city-based commissions across the UK (with Leeds and Edinburgh) to translate climate policy into action on the ground. Belfast's Resilience Commissioner acknowledges the role that sustainable tourism has to play in the city ecosystem. Great progress has been made in mobilising awareness of this issue; we acknowledge that there is still much work to do in terms of translating this into quantifiable environmental sustainability performance.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
696 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
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Belfast City Council and the organisations it funds endeavour to deliver civic festivals and events with the least amount of environmental impact possible. This currently involves a partnership approach, working with organisations such the Green Arts Collective to support the Belfast Climate Commission and improve sustainability practices across the culture and arts sector. This is a movement which has recently gathered considerable momentum and aims to change the mindsets of audiences and communities as well as deliver sustainable events within the city.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Belfast's Resilience Strategy is aligned with the 17 UN sustainability goals. Belfast performs largely within the expected range for social sustainability on the Social Progress Index.
79
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
88
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
77
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.

 

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