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Geneva 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
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Social
Geneva was the first Canton to adopt a public law on sustainable development. Determined to keep its commitment, Geneva has implemented a sustainable strategy in response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The city has many ambitions with regards to waste and energy, for example, the city’s public areas will become free of single use plastic as of January 2020. The Geneva Convention Bureau pursues this vision by being a pioneer with respect to the GDSI benchmark. Setting a strategy and implementing training sessions for hotels and venues has become a key focus for the team. The Convention Bureau promotes its local craftspeople and producers at every opportunity through video clips, and with freebies at events, conferences and training sessions This policy is part of a continuous improvement plan for the sustainable development of the destination.
Geneva is proud of its landscape and meets the highest standards in terms of protecting the environment. The State department for Sustainable Development has established a strategy to improve the environment as well as the sustainability and quality of life. Many projects relating to air quality, renewable energies, social issues, equality and diversity have been undertaken. Geneva is ranked 9th in terms of quality of life in the latest Mercer report. Its 50 peaceful parks make it one of the greenest and relaxing destinations in Europe. Many describe Geneva as the “smallest of the largest capitals”. Free public transportation is offered to any guest staying in a hotel for the entire duration of their stay. Geneva takes 80% of its drinking water from Lake Geneva and 20% from water tables. Holder of the European Energy Award since 2014, Geneva has been rewarded for its commitment to a sustainable energy-based future.
Geneva is well known for the large number of international organisations that have their headquarters there. Most secretariats of international organisations working in the field of environmental protection are also based in Geneva, ensuring the close collaboration and coordination of activities focused on the global issues that affect our planet (WMO, UNEP, IRENA). The destination’s sustainable portfolio is wide and legitimates the fact that many sustainable events already take place here. Many stakeholders are committed to improving sustainability programmes and are involved in different labels such as GRTA for restaurants (locally grown products) or GreenGlobe for hotels. Palexpo, the largest exhibition and convention centre in Geneva, has set up the largest solar panel surface in Switzerland, covering the equivalent in energy consumption of 1350 households. Palexpo recently renewed its ISO 20121 certification.
Aside from sustainability issues, social concerns are also taken into account. Discover a city where Human Rights are a long-lasting tradition. Famously known as the “Capital of Peace”, the city hosts the European seat of the UN as well as the headquarters of the Red Cross. Culture in Geneva has always been an important aspect and most of the city’s museums and public attractions are free. The city also emphasises access to culture for people with special needs. Furthermore, a section in the Geneva Convention Bureau’s website, called “Geneva affordable for all”, provides tips and information to visit and enjoy the city on a limited budget.
Summary
Geneva was the first Canton to adopt a public law on sustainable development. Determined to keep its commitment, Geneva has implemented a sustainable strategy in response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The city has many ambitions with regards to waste and energy, for example, the city’s public areas will become free of single use plastic as of January 2020. The Geneva Convention Bureau pursues this vision by being a pioneer with respect to the GDSI benchmark. Setting a strategy and implementing training sessions for hotels and venues has become a key focus for the team. The Convention Bureau promotes its local craftspeople and producers at every opportunity through video clips, and with freebies at events, conferences and training sessions This policy is part of a continuous improvement plan for the sustainable development of the destination.
Does Geneva Convention Bureau  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Geneva have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Geneva Convention Bureau  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Geneva is proud of its landscape and meets the highest standards in terms of protecting the environment. The State department for Sustainable Development has established a strategy to improve the environment as well as the sustainability and quality of life. Many projects relating to air quality, renewable energies, social issues, equality and diversity have been undertaken. Geneva is ranked 9th in terms of quality of life in the latest Mercer report. Its 50 peaceful parks make it one of the greenest and relaxing destinations in Europe. Many describe Geneva as the “smallest of the largest capitals”. Free public transportation is offered to any guest staying in a hotel for the entire duration of their stay. Geneva takes 80% of its drinking water from Lake Geneva and 20% from water tables. Holder of the European Energy Award since 2014, Geneva has been rewarded for its commitment to a sustainable energy-based future.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
666 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Geneva is well known for the large number of international organisations that have their headquarters there. Most secretariats of international organisations working in the field of environmental protection are also based in Geneva, ensuring the close collaboration and coordination of activities focused on the global issues that affect our planet (WMO, UNEP, IRENA). The destination’s sustainable portfolio is wide and legitimates the fact that many sustainable events already take place here. Many stakeholders are committed to improving sustainability programmes and are involved in different labels such as GRTA for restaurants (locally grown products) or GreenGlobe for hotels. Palexpo, the largest exhibition and convention centre in Geneva, has set up the largest solar panel surface in Switzerland, covering the equivalent in energy consumption of 1350 households. Palexpo recently renewed its ISO 20121 certification.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Aside from sustainability issues, social concerns are also taken into account. Discover a city where Human Rights are a long-lasting tradition. Famously known as the “Capital of Peace”, the city hosts the European seat of the UN as well as the headquarters of the Red Cross. Culture in Geneva has always been an important aspect and most of the city’s museums and public attractions are free. The city also emphasises access to culture for people with special needs. Furthermore, a section in the Geneva Convention Bureau’s website, called “Geneva affordable for all”, provides tips and information to visit and enjoy the city on a limited budget.
79
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

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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