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Brisbane 2021 GDS-Index Report
2021 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
With stunning natural assets, clear blue skies and a subtropical lifestyle, Brisbane embodies the best of Australia. The city is renowned for its clean air, rich biodiversity, natural habitat, generous green spaces, and a commitment to sustainability that has twice earned it the accolade of Australia’s Most Sustainable City. Initiatives that contribute to this success include investment in public transport, a low emissions bus fleet, and fast-tracking the acquisition of 750 hectares of at-risk bushland with the goal of 40 per cent bushland cover by 2031. Demonstrating leadership in sustainability, Brisbane City Council is certified carbon neutral in line with the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard, making it Australia’s largest 100 per cent carbon neutral organisation. The city’s commitment to sustainability continues with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner recently announcing a plan to build five new green bridges, for pedestrians and cyclists, to ease traffic congestion and build a cleaner, greener and more active city.
Brisbane has a focus on environmental sustainability and aims to continuously build on its achievements. The city has performed well in a number of areas such as clear air, with fine particle matter per annum sitting very low (PM2.5 = 7ug/m3 & PM10 = 15ug/m3). None of the city's solid waste is disposed of in an incinerator and 100 per cent of the city’s wastewater receives centralised treatment. Soft mobility transport is easily accessible and there has been a greater focus on providing accessible electric vehicle charging stations. Brisbane has over 6000ha of green area, with more at-risk bushland acquired each year. The city is on its way to becoming a global leader in sustainability with a strong focus on preserving and activating parklands and outdoor facilities to maintain its reputation as a sub-tropical lifestyle city.
Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and welcoming locals. Brisbane has a reputation for hosting successful meetings facilitated by the city's world-class venues, unique experiences, and new and refurbished accommodation options. Sustainability is a priority for the destination, with the city and its suppliers working with event planners to tailor meetings to their sustainability expectations. Brisbane’s venues and suppliers are passionate about sustainability. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is committed to operating one of the most environmentally responsible venues in Australia and is certified Platinum with EarthCheck. There are a number of key hotels in the destination focusing on sustainability with third party or in house sustainability certifications. Brisbane has highly experienced event managers and PCO’s that are dedicated to ensuring events meet sustainable expectations, and the city's convention bureau, Brisbane Economic Development Agency, has confirmed a commitment to sustainability through its recently launched Sustainability Action Plan.
Brisbane is an enviable place to live, work and play with a relaxed lifestyle, an inspiring collection of places to explore, and a friendly, welcoming population. Brisbane placed second in ECA International’s 2019/20 Location Rankings –a global list of the most liveable cities in the world for Asian expatriates. Brisbane is home to Australia’s second largest start-up community, with many local programs run by Brisbane City Council including a dedicated Social Enterprise Hub. Education is highly valued in the city, with 1.5 million Brisbane residents (61%) holding post-school qualifications, while close to 5% of residents hold a postgraduate degree. As a result, around 16.1% of the workforce is employed in knowledge intensive industries. With over 100 different religions, Brisbane is a community that celebrates difference. Brisbane’s public transport is fully accessible and the city offers an integrated Braille Trail. Brisbane City Council continues to be focused on creating an accessible and inclusive city for residents and visitors alike.
Summary
With stunning natural assets, clear blue skies and a subtropical lifestyle, Brisbane embodies the best of Australia. The city is renowned for its clean air, rich biodiversity, natural habitat, generous green spaces, and a commitment to sustainability that has twice earned it the accolade of Australia’s Most Sustainable City. Initiatives that contribute to this success include investment in public transport, a low emissions bus fleet, and fast-tracking the acquisition of 750 hectares of at-risk bushland with the goal of 40 per cent bushland cover by 2031. Demonstrating leadership in sustainability, Brisbane City Council is certified carbon neutral in line with the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard, making it Australia’s largest 100 per cent carbon neutral organisation. The city’s commitment to sustainability continues with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner recently announcing a plan to build five new green bridges, for pedestrians and cyclists, to ease traffic congestion and build a cleaner, greener and more active city.
Does Brisbane Economic Development Agency have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Brisbane have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Brisbane Economic Development Agency report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Brisbane has a focus on environmental sustainability and aims to continuously build on its achievements. The city has performed well in a number of areas such as clear air, with fine particle matter per annum sitting very low (PM2.5 = 7ug/m3 & PM10 = 15ug/m3). None of the city's solid waste is disposed of in an incinerator and 100 per cent of the city’s wastewater receives centralised treatment. Soft mobility transport is easily accessible and there has been a greater focus on providing accessible electric vehicle charging stations. Brisbane has over 6000ha of green area, with more at-risk bushland acquired each year. The city is on its way to becoming a global leader in sustainability with a strong focus on preserving and activating parklands and outdoor facilities to maintain its reputation as a sub-tropical lifestyle city.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
6240 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and welcoming locals. Brisbane has a reputation for hosting successful meetings facilitated by the city's world-class venues, unique experiences, and new and refurbished accommodation options. Sustainability is a priority for the destination, with the city and its suppliers working with event planners to tailor meetings to their sustainability expectations. Brisbane’s venues and suppliers are passionate about sustainability. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is committed to operating one of the most environmentally responsible venues in Australia and is certified Platinum with EarthCheck. There are a number of key hotels in the destination focusing on sustainability with third party or in house sustainability certifications. Brisbane has highly experienced event managers and PCO’s that are dedicated to ensuring events meet sustainable expectations, and the city's convention bureau, Brisbane Economic Development Agency, has confirmed a commitment to sustainability through its recently launched Sustainability Action Plan.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Brisbane is an enviable place to live, work and play with a relaxed lifestyle, an inspiring collection of places to explore, and a friendly, welcoming population. Brisbane placed second in ECA International’s 2019/20 Location Rankings –a global list of the most liveable cities in the world for Asian expatriates. Brisbane is home to Australia’s second largest start-up community, with many local programs run by Brisbane City Council including a dedicated Social Enterprise Hub. Education is highly valued in the city, with 1.5 million Brisbane residents (61%) holding post-school qualifications, while close to 5% of residents hold a postgraduate degree. As a result, around 16.1% of the workforce is employed in knowledge intensive industries. With over 100 different religions, Brisbane is a community that celebrates difference. Brisbane’s public transport is fully accessible and the city offers an integrated Braille Trail. Brisbane City Council continues to be focused on creating an accessible and inclusive city for residents and visitors alike.
76
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
91
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.

 

Our Methodology

In 2021 the GDS-Index used 71 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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Performance

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Resources

Air Quality

Water

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Green Areas

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Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

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Inclusiveness

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Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

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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

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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