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Espoo 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Espoo is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and is committed together with other metropolitan cities to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per capita by almost 40 % by year 2030. A major step towards more sustainable future is the opening of West Metro in 2016. According to a recent study prepared for the Dutch presidency of the EU, Espoo is the most sustainable city in Europe. The study showed that measured by the economic, sociocultural and ecological sustainability scores, growth city of Espoo has managed to maintain its sustainable development. Knowledge, safety and nature were highlighted as Espoo's particular strengths. Espoo was classified as a green city with 18 000 hectares of green areas. Sustainability isn't just a city thing, Espoo based companies are in the forefront of sustainability: off all energy produced by local energy company Fortum almost 78 % is renewable energy. Furthermore Espoo based company Outotec was listed as the world's 3rd most sustainable company on the global 100 list.
Espoo has been a member of ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Sustainability Index since the early days of the project and over the years the attitude change within the events industry in the city has been a big one. Today, 70 % of all the hotels in Espoo are eco-certified and furthermore 63 % of all the conference venues are holding a certification. A few years back, the number was significantly lower. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is the highlight of all the venues when it comes to sustainability, the building made entirely of CLT wood elements is 75 % energy self-sufficient when it comes to heating and 100 % self-sufficient when talking about cooling. It's not just an events centre, it is also a museum and in 2015, Haltia received the special commendation for sustainability in the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 competition.
Espoo is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and part of a country listed in the top performers in country rankings like/ The most stable country in the world/ Safest country/ Least corrupted country/ Best country for women/ PISA Ranking.
Summary
Does Visit Espoo  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Espoo have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Espoo  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Espoo is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and is committed together with other metropolitan cities to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per capita by almost 40 % by year 2030. A major step towards more sustainable future is the opening of West Metro in 2016. According to a recent study prepared for the Dutch presidency of the EU, Espoo is the most sustainable city in Europe. The study showed that measured by the economic, sociocultural and ecological sustainability scores, growth city of Espoo has managed to maintain its sustainable development. Knowledge, safety and nature were highlighted as Espoo's particular strengths. Espoo was classified as a green city with 18 000 hectares of green areas. Sustainability isn't just a city thing, Espoo based companies are in the forefront of sustainability: off all energy produced by local energy company Fortum almost 78 % is renewable energy. Furthermore Espoo based company Outotec was listed as the world's 3rd most sustainable company on the global 100 list.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
7642 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Espoo has been a member of ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Sustainability Index since the early days of the project and over the years the attitude change within the events industry in the city has been a big one. Today, 70 % of all the hotels in Espoo are eco-certified and furthermore 63 % of all the conference venues are holding a certification. A few years back, the number was significantly lower. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is the highlight of all the venues when it comes to sustainability, the building made entirely of CLT wood elements is 75 % energy self-sufficient when it comes to heating and 100 % self-sufficient when talking about cooling. It's not just an events centre, it is also a museum and in 2015, Haltia received the special commendation for sustainability in the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 competition.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Espoo is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and part of a country listed in the top performers in country rankings like/ The most stable country in the world/ Safest country/ Least corrupted country/ Best country for women/ PISA Ranking.
83
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
90
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
85
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.

City Environmental
Performance

Sustainability Strategy

Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Transportation

Green Areas

Water

City Social
Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

Supplier
Performance

Hotels

Airport

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

Venues

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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