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Bergen 2020 GDS-Index Report
2020 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
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Social
Visit Bergen's ambition is to create a sustainable and profitable destination. The UN SDGs is the foundation of this strategy with special regards to goal no. 5: gender equality, goal no. 8: decent work and economic growth, goal no. 11: sustainable cities and communities, goal no. 12: responsible consumption and production and goal no 17: partnership. Visit Bergen will work towards making Bergen a better place to live and a better place to visit.
Bergen is situated between the fjords in the western part of Norway and is the second-largest city in Norway. With Bryggen a World Heritage site as one of the cities many attractions. The city's ambition is to be fossil-free by 2030. This means that no fossile fuels is to be used for transport, city services or heating. By 2030 Bergen should have reversed the trend and reduced the direct greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 1991 and the overall emissions within the city by at least 84% compared to 2009. The goal is for the people of Bergen to limit their climate footprint in line with the UN climate agreement. Already Bergen is the electric car-capital of Norway with 24% of the cars in the city being fully electric. And about 70% of new cars sold being fully electric. Our region is also a leader in electrified ferries and boats. The Bergen railway was electrified as early as in 1964. With 94% of the electricity coming from renewable sources, electrifying our transportation system is one of the many ways forward for our city. Being surrounded by seven mountains makes the city a strikingly attractive and intimate and walkable destination, with a city light rail and fossile free buses as a core in the city transport system.
Bergen is regarded as an international congress city that hosts several major conferences every year. The city has 45 hotels with 15,000 beds and every type of conference facility that one could wish for. Bergen has four Conference and Convention Centres, and all of them are eco-labeled. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer.
With a good healthcare system, low unemployment, high education and low crime rates, Bergen is on the top ten list for being corruption-free. Women have equal rights as men and are also well-represented in leading positions throughout the country.
Summary
Visit Bergen's ambition is to create a sustainable and profitable destination. The UN SDGs is the foundation of this strategy with special regards to goal no. 5: gender equality, goal no. 8: decent work and economic growth, goal no. 11: sustainable cities and communities, goal no. 12: responsible consumption and production and goal no 17: partnership. Visit Bergen will work towards making Bergen a better place to live and a better place to visit.
Does Visit Bergen / Bergen Convention Bureau have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Bergen have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Bergen / Bergen Convention Bureau report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Bergen is situated between the fjords in the western part of Norway and is the second-largest city in Norway. With Bryggen a World Heritage site as one of the cities many attractions. The city's ambition is to be fossil-free by 2030. This means that no fossile fuels is to be used for transport, city services or heating. By 2030 Bergen should have reversed the trend and reduced the direct greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 1991 and the overall emissions within the city by at least 84% compared to 2009. The goal is for the people of Bergen to limit their climate footprint in line with the UN climate agreement. Already Bergen is the electric car-capital of Norway with 24% of the cars in the city being fully electric. And about 70% of new cars sold being fully electric. Our region is also a leader in electrified ferries and boats. The Bergen railway was electrified as early as in 1964. With 94% of the electricity coming from renewable sources, electrifying our transportation system is one of the many ways forward for our city. Being surrounded by seven mountains makes the city a strikingly attractive and intimate and walkable destination, with a city light rail and fossile free buses as a core in the city transport system.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
613 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Bergen is regarded as an international congress city that hosts several major conferences every year. The city has 45 hotels with 15,000 beds and every type of conference facility that one could wish for. Bergen has four Conference and Convention Centres, and all of them are eco-labeled. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
With a good healthcare system, low unemployment, high education and low crime rates, Bergen is on the top ten list for being corruption-free. Women have equal rights as men and are also well-represented in leading positions throughout the country.
80
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
92
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
84
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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