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    [id] => 261
    [active] => 1
    [city_id] => 28
    [city_name] => Bergen
    [contact_name] => Magnus
    [contact_surname] => Brekke Nygaard
    [contact_email] => magnus@visitbergen.com
    [organisation] => Visit Bergen / Bergen Convention Bureau
    [website] => https://en.visitbergen.com/about/news/sustainable-tourism-in-bergen
    [environmental_description] => Bergen is situated between the fjords in the western part of Norway and is the second-largest city in Norway. The World Heritage site Bryggen and the Fløibanen funicular, some of the most visited attractions in Norway, are just a few of Bergen's 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. 

Bergen is at the forefront in green transportation. More than 30% of the cars in Bergen are electric or hybrid electric, one of the largest shares in the world, lowering pollution from traffic in the city. As a tourist it is easy to get an electric rental or taxi. 

The scenic Bergen railway was electrified as early as in 1964 and provides a green mode of transport from Bergen to skiing destinations like Voss and Geilo or Norway's capital Oslo. The popular round trip Norway in a nutshell, going to the world heritage fjord Næyrøyfjorden and Flåm., also connects runs on the Bergen line. 

Western Norway is also a world leader in green transportation at sea, with the largest share of electrified vessels in the world with our many electric ferries and fjord cruises. As a large cruise destination, the Port of Bergen can connect three cruise ships at the time to the worlds larges on shore power supply. Supplying the cruise ships with renewable power once docking, while at the same time improving the air quality in the city. Bergen is also the turning point for Kystruten, a popular coastline sailing along the Norwegian coast all the way to the northern town of Kirkenes. Havilia, one of two operators in the line, have recently started sailing the coastline with the world's most environmentally friendly ship, running on battery and LNG. With more than 90% of the electricity in Norway coming from renewable sources, electrifying our transportation system is one of the many ways forward for our city. 

Being surrounded by seven mountains makes Bergen a strikingly attractive and intimate and walkable destination, with a city light rail and fossile free buses as the core of the city transportation system.
    [social_description] => With a good universal healthcare system, low unemployment, equal access to education, tuition-free higher education and low crime rates, Bergen and Norway 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. 

Norway enjoys a model of representative democracy and were ranked as the most democratic country on earth in 2021 on The Economist's  Democracy Index. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right and Norway was ranked first on the World Press Freedom Index in 2021.
    [supplier_description] => 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. A compact city center ensures that most attractions in the city is within within distance. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer. Local transportation in the region can be done without any direct emissions.
    [dmo_description] => 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 Bergens goal is to make Bergen a better place to live and a better place to visit. We have started the process to get a destination sustainability certificate, a project we expect to conclude by 2023.
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    [high_env_1] => 98
    [high_env_2] => 24
    [high_env_3] => 1521
    [high_soc_1] => 82
    [high_soc_2] => 92.73
    [high_soc_3] => 84
    [high_sup_1] => 85
    [high_sup_2] => 100
    [high_sup_3] => 43
    [high_dmo_1] => Sustainability vision and action plan established for events,Sustainability vision and action plan established for tourism,Multi year strategy (+3 years),Aligned to the city's overall development agenda (not just tourism and events),Aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    [high_dmo_2] => Certification in formal process
    [high_dmo_3] => None
    [created_at] => 2021-10-26 12:01:56
    [updated_at] => 2022-06-08 18:01:33
    [year] => 2021
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    [year] => 2021
    [city_id] => 28
    [city_name] => Bergen
    [score_type] => city
    [Total] => 70.64
    [Total_rank] => 21
    [Environment] => 84.92
    [Environment_rank] => 7
    [Social] => 80
    [Social_rank] => 7
    [Supplier] => 64.86
    [Supplier_rank] => 10
    [DMO] => 55.86
    [DMO_rank] => 24
    [longitude] => 5.32205440000007
    [latitude] => 60.39126279999999
    [population] => 287428
    [country] => Norway
    [region] => Nordic
    [created_at] => 2021-10-26 12:00:41
    [updated_at] => 2022-06-08 18:00:21
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Bergen 2021 GDS-Index Report
2021 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
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 Bergens goal is to make Bergen a better place to live and a better place to visit. We have started the process to get a destination sustainability certificate, a project we expect to conclude by 2023.
Bergen is situated between the fjords in the western part of Norway and is the second-largest city in Norway. The World Heritage site Bryggen and the Fløibanen funicular, some of the most visited attractions in Norway, are just a few of Bergen's 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. Bergen is at the forefront in green transportation. More than 30% of the cars in Bergen are electric or hybrid electric, one of the largest shares in the world, lowering pollution from traffic in the city. As a tourist it is easy to get an electric rental or taxi. The scenic Bergen railway was electrified as early as in 1964 and provides a green mode of transport from Bergen to skiing destinations like Voss and Geilo or Norway's capital Oslo. The popular round trip Norway in a nutshell, going to the world heritage fjord Næyrøyfjorden and Flåm., also connects runs on the Bergen line. Western Norway is also a world leader in green transportation at sea, with the largest share of electrified vessels in the world with our many electric ferries and fjord cruises. As a large cruise destination, the Port of Bergen can connect three cruise ships at the time to the worlds larges on shore power supply. Supplying the cruise ships with renewable power once docking, while at the same time improving the air quality in the city. Bergen is also the turning point for Kystruten, a popular coastline sailing along the Norwegian coast all the way to the northern town of Kirkenes. Havilia, one of two operators in the line, have recently started sailing the coastline with the world's most environmentally friendly ship, running on battery and LNG. With more than 90% of the electricity in Norway coming from renewable sources, electrifying our transportation system is one of the many ways forward for our city. Being surrounded by seven mountains makes Bergen a strikingly attractive and intimate and walkable destination, with a city light rail and fossile free buses as the core of the city transportation 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. A compact city center ensures that most attractions in the city is within within distance. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer. Local transportation in the region can be done without any direct emissions.
With a good universal healthcare system, low unemployment, equal access to education, tuition-free higher education and low crime rates, Bergen and Norway 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. Norway enjoys a model of representative democracy and were ranked as the most democratic country on earth in 2021 on The Economist's Democracy Index. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right and Norway was ranked first on the World Press Freedom Index in 2021.
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 Bergens goal is to make Bergen a better place to live and a better place to visit. We have started the process to get a destination sustainability certificate, a project we expect to conclude by 2023.
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. The World Heritage site Bryggen and the Fløibanen funicular, some of the most visited attractions in Norway, are just a few of Bergen's 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. Bergen is at the forefront in green transportation. More than 30% of the cars in Bergen are electric or hybrid electric, one of the largest shares in the world, lowering pollution from traffic in the city. As a tourist it is easy to get an electric rental or taxi. The scenic Bergen railway was electrified as early as in 1964 and provides a green mode of transport from Bergen to skiing destinations like Voss and Geilo or Norway's capital Oslo. The popular round trip Norway in a nutshell, going to the world heritage fjord Næyrøyfjorden and Flåm., also connects runs on the Bergen line. Western Norway is also a world leader in green transportation at sea, with the largest share of electrified vessels in the world with our many electric ferries and fjord cruises. As a large cruise destination, the Port of Bergen can connect three cruise ships at the time to the worlds larges on shore power supply. Supplying the cruise ships with renewable power once docking, while at the same time improving the air quality in the city. Bergen is also the turning point for Kystruten, a popular coastline sailing along the Norwegian coast all the way to the northern town of Kirkenes. Havilia, one of two operators in the line, have recently started sailing the coastline with the world's most environmentally friendly ship, running on battery and LNG. With more than 90% of the electricity in Norway coming from renewable sources, electrifying our transportation system is one of the many ways forward for our city. Being surrounded by seven mountains makes Bergen a strikingly attractive and intimate and walkable destination, with a city light rail and fossile free buses as the core of the city transportation system.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
1521 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. A compact city center ensures that most attractions in the city is within within distance. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer. Local transportation in the region can be done without any direct emissions.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
With a good universal healthcare system, low unemployment, equal access to education, tuition-free higher education and low crime rates, Bergen and Norway 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. Norway enjoys a model of representative democracy and were ranked as the most democratic country on earth in 2021 on The Economist's Democracy Index. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right and Norway was ranked first on the World Press Freedom Index in 2021.
82
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
93
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
84
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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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.

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