Gothenburg is not a global metropolis. It is not even a capital city. Even so, we are a destination that makes an impact on big issues. We know that investing in sustainability is wise and aim to be a strong force for positive change. However, we want nothing more than to be challenged. We want other destinations to succeed, and we share our best practices and knowledge freely.
The city has a holistic perspective for the urban environment with a policy and programmes concerning its design. The subject of accessibility is central, and there is broad cooperation between administrations and companies. Another vital ingredient for success is meeting legacy incorporated in the Gothenburg Strategic Plan for Meetings.
Gothenburg's approach to sustainability has gained international recognition. The city is a four-year consecutive leader in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (2016-2019) and was the European Capital of Smart Tourism in 2020. It is also named the world's Best Sustainable City Stay 2021 by Lonely Planet.
Welcome to a city where we have made the future our business, where we believe everybody should be able to participate, and where we drive change. Together!
Gothenburg is one of the most progressive cities worldwide when it comes to addressing climate and environmental issues. Gothenburg issued green bonds to accelerate investments in climate-oriented solutions, including waste management to renewable energy, as the first city in the world. It has resulted in structures beneficial to everyone. Gothenburg keeps pushing for change, and the city has set out to become fossil-independent by 2030.
The local meetings industry is a pioneer in ecological sustainability, inclusion and accessibility, and sees sustainability as part of their DNA. Eco-certified suppliers, venues run on renewables, our environmental diploma system, and the proximity in the city are crucial elements in achieving ecological sustainability. Gothenburg has a low emission zone in place, and the airport is certified to the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.
The WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award, founded by the city, is an international prize awarded to a person or organisation for outstanding contributions towards a more sustainable future. By awarding this international prize, we get to celebrate success and learn from the best. Among former winners are Kofi Annan, UN secretary, and the intergovernmental body IPBES Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Gothenburg is a world-leading destination for sustainable meetings and events – rated #1 on the GDS Index 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and #1 in past editions of the ICCA Scandinavia Sustainability Index.
World-class sustainable solutions are in use, and large-scale events are made sustainable and accessible with extensive experience. The fact that Gothenburg has made sustainable a standard makes it easy to organise events and to visit. We strive to minimise any negative impact on people and the environment, and the city serves as a testbed for sustainable innovations and creative solutions.
We aim to make a positive contribution to society, stakeholders, and the local economy; and to create lasting positive effects locally and regionally. Authorities, academia and industry work together in the Gothenburg Way to Legacy programme, which stems from the Gothenburg Strategic Plan for Meetings developed in broad stakeholder collaboration 2018. Events like European Championships, Way Out West and the Gothenburg Culture Festival are living-lab platforms showing the way ahead in developing a sustainable meetings and events destination where inclusion and accessibility are key features.
All leading venues are eco-certified, and almost 100% of the hotel rooms hold an official eco-certification making Gothenburg one of the greenest hotel cities in the world. Likewise, the Opera House, Concert Hall and the amusement park are eco-certified, and restaurants have easy access to local and organic produce.
International exchange and cultural diversity have always been a part of the Gothenburg DNA. Significant aspects are social sustainability and inclusion, and the city government has established an ambitious programme to fight segregation and close inequality gaps.
Team Gothenburg is a project to engage young adults representing all districts in city events to help break down prejudices relating to gender, ethnicity, background etc. The city has received the European Access City Award for the strategic and structured work towards a city accessible for all. Sweden’s first municipal LGBT advisory board was established here in 2013, and hosting EuroPride in 2018 was also an acknowledgement of our efforts.
Sweden leads the Sustainable Competitiveness Index and the Good Country Index. Our country also holds top positions in Global Gender Gap Report and Corruption Perceptions Index. Results that indeed goes for Gothenburg as well.