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Glasgow 2018 GDS-Index Report
2018 Performance Overview
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Summary
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Glasgow aims to be at the forefront on climate change with ambitions to become the UK's first carbon neutral city by 2030 and a world leading centre for sustainable policy and innovation. Currently ranked 4th in the world, Glasgow has featured within the top 10 of the GDS-Index since 2016, and remains the only UK city to be included. The ranking recognises the city's People Make Glasgow Greener campaign which gives a helping hand to conference organisers who wish to hold a sustainable conference in the city. Working closely with leading sustainable establishments across the city and with representatives from Glasgow's hospitality industry, local government, business and academic communities the collaborative approach proves that people really do make Glasgow greener!
The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word Glaschu, which can be translated as ‘dear green place’. Glasgow is championing its aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 – with a focus on improving quality of life in the city, protecting the environment and developing a green economy with sustainability top of the agenda. From the installation of ‘smart’ LED streetlights and more electric vehicle charging stations to the creation of renewable energy schemes and green jobs, Glasgow’s vision is to become a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action. Already well known as a city that works together, the partners that support Glasgow City Council’s Sustainable Glasgow initiative are drawn from housing, communities, business, universities, enterprise and education.
Glasgow is at the forefront of low-carbon developments, with world-leading industry and academic organisations working in this sector. This in turn has had a positive impact on the number of conferences held in this area. In 2017, 15% of all conferences in the city were in the field of sustainability, second only to medical and life sciences meetings. Glasgow is also home to the UK's largest annual renewable energy event, All Energy, which attracts more than 7,000 attendees annually. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) holds the highest award possible – the Gold Award – for Green Tourism and provides free city bike hire for delegates. Over 95% of the city's hotel bedrooms, representing more than 7,000 rooms, are within 30 minutes of the SEC and easily accessible by public transport. Moreover, some 40% of Glasgow’s hotels have achieved a Green Tourism award.
Glasgow and Scotland play host to some of the world’s biggest energy businesses and are internationally recognised as having one of the healthiest and most diverse energy industries in the world.
Summary
Glasgow aims to be at the forefront on climate change with ambitions to become the UK's first carbon neutral city by 2030 and a world leading centre for sustainable policy and innovation. Currently ranked 4th in the world, Glasgow has featured within the top 10 of the GDS-Index since 2016, and remains the only UK city to be included. The ranking recognises the city's People Make Glasgow Greener campaign which gives a helping hand to conference organisers who wish to hold a sustainable conference in the city. Working closely with leading sustainable establishments across the city and with representatives from Glasgow's hospitality industry, local government, business and academic communities the collaborative approach proves that people really do make Glasgow greener!
Does Glasgow Convention Bureau  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Glasgow have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Glasgow Convention Bureau  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word Glaschu, which can be translated as ‘dear green place’. Glasgow is championing its aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 – with a focus on improving quality of life in the city, protecting the environment and developing a green economy with sustainability top of the agenda. From the installation of ‘smart’ LED streetlights and more electric vehicle charging stations to the creation of renewable energy schemes and green jobs, Glasgow’s vision is to become a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action. Already well known as a city that works together, the partners that support Glasgow City Council’s Sustainable Glasgow initiative are drawn from housing, communities, business, universities, enterprise and education.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
868 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
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Glasgow is at the forefront of low-carbon developments, with world-leading industry and academic organisations working in this sector. This in turn has had a positive impact on the number of conferences held in this area. In 2017, 15% of all conferences in the city were in the field of sustainability, second only to medical and life sciences meetings. Glasgow is also home to the UK's largest annual renewable energy event, All Energy, which attracts more than 7,000 attendees annually. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) holds the highest award possible – the Gold Award – for Green Tourism and provides free city bike hire for delegates. Over 95% of the city's hotel bedrooms, representing more than 7,000 rooms, are within 30 minutes of the SEC and easily accessible by public transport. Moreover, some 40% of Glasgow’s hotels have achieved a Green Tourism award.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
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Glasgow and Scotland play host to some of the world’s biggest energy businesses and are internationally recognised as having one of the healthiest and most diverse energy industries in the world.
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SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
81
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.

 

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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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Sustainability Strategy

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Air Quality

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Water

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Destination Strategy

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Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

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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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