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    [contact_name] => Giles
    [contact_surname] => Handford
    [contact_email] => giles.handford@melbournecb.com.au
    [organisation] => Melbourne Convention Bureau 
    [website] => https://www.melbournecb.com.au/why-melbourne/sustainability/
    [environmental_description] => Melbourne is known for its coffee, laneway culture and street art, but its environmental initiatives have earned it a reputation as one of the most sustainable, not just in Australia, but throughout the world.

Some of our city’s environmental, economic and social sustainability initiatives, programs and steps towards ensuring Melbourne can be enjoyed for generations to come include a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy 2050, Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, a state-wide legislation to ban single-use plastics by 2023, a commitment by State Government to net-zero emissions by 2050, sustainable transport options and much more.
    [social_description] => The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for seven editions (2011-2017). The city has received national and international recognition as a top destination and world-leader in many areas such as community engagement, climate leadership, business, sports and more. 

Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world. Victorians come from over 200 countries, speak over 180 languages and dialects and follow over 110 religious faiths. Melbourne has a great reputation as a hospitable and safe city, recognised as the one of the safest cities in the Safe Cities Index 2017, with significant cultural attractions and green spaces that can be explored by both delegates and locals. There are many opportunities for those operating in the meeting industry and hosting events in Melbourne to give back to local communities, recognise the traditional owners of the land, and support ‘local’ businesses through a sustainable supply chain.

Visit Victoria's new 'Sustainable Victoria' feature is just one example of how important the sustainability of our local communities is.
    [supplier_description] => Melbourne Convention Bureau along with their partners, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, are taking proactive steps to ensure that business events in Melbourne result in positive social and environmental impacts that will deliver long-lasting benefits back into our communities. In 2021, we have developed valuable tools and resources for those in the meeting and events industry to continuously improve the sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility of their operations as we rebuild and recover post-pandemic. 

MCEC is the first centre in the world to be awarded the 6-Star Green Star rating for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features. In 2021, MCEC launched their Sustainability Strategy 2021-26 to further their commitment to sustainability targets and continually ensure the venue is a sustainable events destination. MCEC has also committed to reducing their net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
    [dmo_description] => Ensuring Melbourne is a sustainable destination for business events is a key mission of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). We are committed to our role in securing business events for Melbourne that will have a positive social, environmental and economic impact for our city, and will reiterate our position globally as a safe, sustainable and innovative destination. 

MCB recognises that Melbourne has an unparalleled opportunity to embrace, promote and leverage our industry’s initiatives, efforts and programs focused on sustainability and ensure it is at the forefront of our client’s minds when hosting events in our city. 

But we can’t do it alone. Acting on sustainability will take commitment from everyone – government, the tourism and events industry, our association clients and delegates - but together we can achieve great things with a combination of big moves and small steps. This all-encompassing approach to sustainability is how we have formed our destination's sustainability plan and how we foresee having the most impact on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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    [high_env_1] => 31.5
    [high_env_2] => 26
    [high_env_3] => 585
    [high_soc_1] => 75.6
    [high_soc_2] => 91.29
    [high_soc_3] => 77
    [high_sup_1] => 0
    [high_sup_2] => 100
    [high_sup_3] => 13
    [high_dmo_1] => Sustainability vision and action plan established for events,Sustainability vision and action plan established for tourism,Aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    [high_dmo_2] => None
    [high_dmo_3] => Performance data (KPIs) from the previous and/or current year is published on the DMO website,Performance data (KPIs) from the previous and/or current year is included in Annual DMO or sustainability report
    [created_at] => 2021-10-26 12:01:41
    [updated_at] => 2022-07-21 18:01:22
    [year] => 2021
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    [city_id] => 16
    [city_name] => Melbourne
    [score_type] => city
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    [Total_rank] => 11
    [Environment] => 74.6
    [Environment_rank] => 18
    [Social] => 90
    [Social_rank] => 3
    [Supplier] => 65
    [Supplier_rank] => 9
    [DMO] => 78.62
    [DMO_rank] => 9
    [longitude] => 144.96305759999996
    [latitude] => -37.8136276
    [population] => 4968000
    [country] => Australia
    [region] => Asia Pacific
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Melbourne 2021 GDS-Index Report
2021 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Ensuring Melbourne is a sustainable destination for business events is a key mission of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). We are committed to our role in securing business events for Melbourne that will have a positive social, environmental and economic impact for our city, and will reiterate our position globally as a safe, sustainable and innovative destination. MCB recognises that Melbourne has an unparalleled opportunity to embrace, promote and leverage our industry’s initiatives, efforts and programs focused on sustainability and ensure it is at the forefront of our client’s minds when hosting events in our city. But we can’t do it alone. Acting on sustainability will take commitment from everyone – government, the tourism and events industry, our association clients and delegates - but together we can achieve great things with a combination of big moves and small steps. This all-encompassing approach to sustainability is how we have formed our destination's sustainability plan and how we foresee having the most impact on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Melbourne is known for its coffee, laneway culture and street art, but its environmental initiatives have earned it a reputation as one of the most sustainable, not just in Australia, but throughout the world. Some of our city’s environmental, economic and social sustainability initiatives, programs and steps towards ensuring Melbourne can be enjoyed for generations to come include a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy 2050, Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, a state-wide legislation to ban single-use plastics by 2023, a commitment by State Government to net-zero emissions by 2050, sustainable transport options and much more.
Melbourne Convention Bureau along with their partners, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, are taking proactive steps to ensure that business events in Melbourne result in positive social and environmental impacts that will deliver long-lasting benefits back into our communities. In 2021, we have developed valuable tools and resources for those in the meeting and events industry to continuously improve the sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility of their operations as we rebuild and recover post-pandemic. MCEC is the first centre in the world to be awarded the 6-Star Green Star rating for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features. In 2021, MCEC launched their Sustainability Strategy 2021-26 to further their commitment to sustainability targets and continually ensure the venue is a sustainable events destination. MCEC has also committed to reducing their net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for seven editions (2011-2017). The city has received national and international recognition as a top destination and world-leader in many areas such as community engagement, climate leadership, business, sports and more. Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world. Victorians come from over 200 countries, speak over 180 languages and dialects and follow over 110 religious faiths. Melbourne has a great reputation as a hospitable and safe city, recognised as the one of the safest cities in the Safe Cities Index 2017, with significant cultural attractions and green spaces that can be explored by both delegates and locals. There are many opportunities for those operating in the meeting industry and hosting events in Melbourne to give back to local communities, recognise the traditional owners of the land, and support ‘local’ businesses through a sustainable supply chain. Visit Victoria's new 'Sustainable Victoria' feature is just one example of how important the sustainability of our local communities is.
Summary
Ensuring Melbourne is a sustainable destination for business events is a key mission of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). We are committed to our role in securing business events for Melbourne that will have a positive social, environmental and economic impact for our city, and will reiterate our position globally as a safe, sustainable and innovative destination. MCB recognises that Melbourne has an unparalleled opportunity to embrace, promote and leverage our industry’s initiatives, efforts and programs focused on sustainability and ensure it is at the forefront of our client’s minds when hosting events in our city. But we can’t do it alone. Acting on sustainability will take commitment from everyone – government, the tourism and events industry, our association clients and delegates - but together we can achieve great things with a combination of big moves and small steps. This all-encompassing approach to sustainability is how we have formed our destination's sustainability plan and how we foresee having the most impact on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Does Melbourne Convention Bureau  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Melbourne have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Melbourne Convention Bureau  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Melbourne is known for its coffee, laneway culture and street art, but its environmental initiatives have earned it a reputation as one of the most sustainable, not just in Australia, but throughout the world. Some of our city’s environmental, economic and social sustainability initiatives, programs and steps towards ensuring Melbourne can be enjoyed for generations to come include a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy 2050, Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, a state-wide legislation to ban single-use plastics by 2023, a commitment by State Government to net-zero emissions by 2050, sustainable transport options and much more.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
585 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Melbourne Convention Bureau along with their partners, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, are taking proactive steps to ensure that business events in Melbourne result in positive social and environmental impacts that will deliver long-lasting benefits back into our communities. In 2021, we have developed valuable tools and resources for those in the meeting and events industry to continuously improve the sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility of their operations as we rebuild and recover post-pandemic. MCEC is the first centre in the world to be awarded the 6-Star Green Star rating for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features. In 2021, MCEC launched their Sustainability Strategy 2021-26 to further their commitment to sustainability targets and continually ensure the venue is a sustainable events destination. MCEC has also committed to reducing their net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for seven editions (2011-2017). The city has received national and international recognition as a top destination and world-leader in many areas such as community engagement, climate leadership, business, sports and more. Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world. Victorians come from over 200 countries, speak over 180 languages and dialects and follow over 110 religious faiths. Melbourne has a great reputation as a hospitable and safe city, recognised as the one of the safest cities in the Safe Cities Index 2017, with significant cultural attractions and green spaces that can be explored by both delegates and locals. There are many opportunities for those operating in the meeting industry and hosting events in Melbourne to give back to local communities, recognise the traditional owners of the land, and support ‘local’ businesses through a sustainable supply chain. Visit Victoria's new 'Sustainable Victoria' feature is just one example of how important the sustainability of our local communities is.
76
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
91
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
77
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

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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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