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European Green Leaf Award 2018
European Capital of Innovation 2020 
European City of Sport 2021 - host of the finale of the 2021 Cycling Road World Championships
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Leuven 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Leuven is a small city with a big bang! Located 16 miles to the east of Brussels in Belgium, and less than 30 minutes away on the train, it's home to one of Benelux’s most prestigious universities.   Leuven combines a rich history and heritage dating back to the 15th century and beyond, with a pioneering future-orientated culture. Its historic buildings burst with dynamic ideas and initiatives, demonstrated by its world leading university and title of the European Capital of Innovation. This can-do city is a melting pot for ideas, where science, art, culture and society come together.   In the pedestrian streets and on the spacious squares, the students determine the rhythm and atmosphere here. The shops, cafés and restaurants provide conviviality and gastronomy, the beer fizzes and the ideas bubble up.   In Leuven, the ‘bike is king’ and residents rarely use their cars. Leuven is a small city that can be explored well by bike or on foot, surrounded by lush green hills that let the city breathe. Water is becoming increasingly more visible in the city centre. With its rich and varied cultural offering, Leuven is worth a visit all year round. European Green Leaf Award 2018 European Capital of Innovation 2020  European City of Sport 2021 - host of the finale of the 2021 Cycling Road World Championships
Green events are destined to become the standard in Leuven. Just by choosing Leuven, you tick an important box. The Leuven Convention Bureau will guide you through the key areas you need to consider. We will assist you in caring about air quality, waste management, water conservation and energy efficiency.
Summary
Leuven is a small city with a big bang! Located 16 miles to the east of Brussels in Belgium, and less than 30 minutes away on the train, it's home to one of Benelux’s most prestigious universities.   Leuven combines a rich history and heritage dating back to the 15th century and beyond, with a pioneering future-orientated culture. Its historic buildings burst with dynamic ideas and initiatives, demonstrated by its world leading university and title of the European Capital of Innovation. This can-do city is a melting pot for ideas, where science, art, culture and society come together.   In the pedestrian streets and on the spacious squares, the students determine the rhythm and atmosphere here. The shops, cafés and restaurants provide conviviality and gastronomy, the beer fizzes and the ideas bubble up.   In Leuven, the ‘bike is king’ and residents rarely use their cars. Leuven is a small city that can be explored well by bike or on foot, surrounded by lush green hills that let the city breathe. Water is becoming increasingly more visible in the city centre. With its rich and varied cultural offering, Leuven is worth a visit all year round. European Green Leaf Award 2018 European Capital of Innovation 2020  European City of Sport 2021 - host of the finale of the 2021 Cycling Road World Championships
Does Visit Leuven have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Leuven have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Leuven report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
2389 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Green events are destined to become the standard in Leuven. Just by choosing Leuven, you tick an important box. The Leuven Convention Bureau will guide you through the key areas you need to consider. We will assist you in caring about air quality, waste management, water conservation and energy efficiency.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
78
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
87
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
75
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.

City Environmental
Performance

Climate, Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Water

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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