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Berlin 2020 GDS-Index Report
2020 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
The German capital plays a pioneering role as a political center and as one of Europe's most important economic nations and trendsetter metropolis. Berlin is one of Europe's largest science centers, a start-up and NGO hub, a hotbed of innovation and the future, and a cultural melting pot. Berlin is one of Europe’s top three travel destinations and a trendy green, healthy and water-rich city. Trend conscious Berliners live up to LOHAS ("lifestyle of health and sustainability"). The desire to preserve and expand green oases, coupled with the willingness to follow sustainable and alternative paths, makes Berlin a green metropolis on all levels. Tourism in Berlin is oriented at the Sustainable and City-Compatible Berlin Tourism Plan 2018+ of the state of Berlin. With this, Berlin is breaking new ground: we are setting new inspirations, focusing on lesser-known places and working very closely with Berlin's districts. The city is also well known for its sustainable event offers since launching Sustainable Meetings Berlin, an innovative new online platform with a Sustainable Partner-Programme for more sustainable events in Germany’s capital. Rivers, lakes, park and woodlands weave like ribbons of blue and green through the city. Often they are connecting elements between neighbourhoods, which, each with their own distinctive characters, fuel the German capital’s special feeling for life. Step by step Berlin is changing towards a destination where our guests can explore Berlin in a sustainable manner.
Berlin is a green capital. The city invites its guests and residents to enjoy one of the more than 2,500 public green and recreational facilities and to use the environmentally friendly and very well developed public transport system. Also, more safe bike lanes are added every year. Berlins aims to be climate neutral by 2050, or ideally before. To reach this important goal, the city developed a progressive climate policy, and established the Berlin Energy and Climateprotection Program (BEK 2030). Furthermore it is important for the city of Berlin to organize its resources and economy in cycles to produce as little waste as possible. With regard to energy production, Berlin is in the process of steadily increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix.
With Sustainable Meetings Berlin, we have set ourselves the goal of supporting the sustainable approaches of congress and event service providers and giving event organisers a practical and transparent tool for greater sustainability in event planning. To achieve this end, we have worked together with service providers in this sector to develop a set of criteria taking internationally recognised guidelines as their point of reference. In this way, we are looking to strengthen Berlin as a sustainable congress destination and raise awareness of the possibilities of sustainable event planning. By adopting this approach, together we can successfully ensure that events have a more positive influence on the environment and society over the long term.
The Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable development play an important role for the city of Berlin. For this reason the cities very own sustainability strategy is aligned with the SDGs. Berlin is a multicultural, tolerant, cosmopolitan and safe place, with a high social progress index. Also when it comes to accessibility, most of the city's walkways and public transport system are adapted to make the access for people with disabilities easier.
Summary
The German capital plays a pioneering role as a political center and as one of Europe's most important economic nations and trendsetter metropolis. Berlin is one of Europe's largest science centers, a start-up and NGO hub, a hotbed of innovation and the future, and a cultural melting pot. Berlin is one of Europe’s top three travel destinations and a trendy green, healthy and water-rich city. Trend conscious Berliners live up to LOHAS ("lifestyle of health and sustainability"). The desire to preserve and expand green oases, coupled with the willingness to follow sustainable and alternative paths, makes Berlin a green metropolis on all levels. Tourism in Berlin is oriented at the Sustainable and City-Compatible Berlin Tourism Plan 2018+ of the state of Berlin. With this, Berlin is breaking new ground: we are setting new inspirations, focusing on lesser-known places and working very closely with Berlin's districts. The city is also well known for its sustainable event offers since launching Sustainable Meetings Berlin, an innovative new online platform with a Sustainable Partner-Programme for more sustainable events in Germany’s capital. Rivers, lakes, park and woodlands weave like ribbons of blue and green through the city. Often they are connecting elements between neighbourhoods, which, each with their own distinctive characters, fuel the German capital’s special feeling for life. Step by step Berlin is changing towards a destination where our guests can explore Berlin in a sustainable manner.
Does visitBerlin have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Berlin have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does visitBerlin report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Berlin is a green capital. The city invites its guests and residents to enjoy one of the more than 2,500 public green and recreational facilities and to use the environmentally friendly and very well developed public transport system. Also, more safe bike lanes are added every year. Berlins aims to be climate neutral by 2050, or ideally before. To reach this important goal, the city developed a progressive climate policy, and established the Berlin Energy and Climateprotection Program (BEK 2030). Furthermore it is important for the city of Berlin to organize its resources and economy in cycles to produce as little waste as possible. With regard to energy production, Berlin is in the process of steadily increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
702 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
With Sustainable Meetings Berlin, we have set ourselves the goal of supporting the sustainable approaches of congress and event service providers and giving event organisers a practical and transparent tool for greater sustainability in event planning. To achieve this end, we have worked together with service providers in this sector to develop a set of criteria taking internationally recognised guidelines as their point of reference. In this way, we are looking to strengthen Berlin as a sustainable congress destination and raise awareness of the possibilities of sustainable event planning. By adopting this approach, together we can successfully ensure that events have a more positive influence on the environment and society over the long term.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
The Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable development play an important role for the city of Berlin. For this reason the cities very own sustainability strategy is aligned with the SDGs. Berlin is a multicultural, tolerant, cosmopolitan and safe place, with a high social progress index. Also when it comes to accessibility, most of the city's walkways and public transport system are adapted to make the access for people with disabilities easier.
80
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
90
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
80
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.

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Air Quality

Water

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Water

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Social Progress

Corruption

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Access to Information

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Academia

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

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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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