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Sapporo 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Summary
Environmental
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Designated by Japan Government as the SDGs Future City for its active measures to combat climate change and achieve UN SDGs, sustainability has been a priority of Sapporo since its Eco Capital Declaration in 2008. Also a member of the Fair Trade Towns, in 2020, Sapporo became the first city in Japan to obtained the LEED for Cities and Communities Platinum certification, marking the highest score among LEED-certified cities.
With a population of 1.9 million, comparable to world capitals such as Paris, Vienna and Barcelona, and with an area the size of Hong Kong, Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest metropolis, over 60% of which is covered by greenery and 6 meters of snow for the period of 130 days a year. Apart from its compact structure, environmentally-friendly elements can be found all around Sapporo. There is a subway that boasts noise-reducing rubber tires, or Porocle, a bicycle sharing system. One of the landmarks of Sapporo, the Moerenuma Park for example, was built on a waste landfill, while the park’s signature and one of the city’s unique venues, the Glass Pyramid, uses snow for its air conditioning, another unique feature that has also been adopted by the New Chitose Airport. The former host of Asia’s first winter Olympics has also been a longtime front-runner of local production - local consumption, with an overwhelming food sufficiency rate of 208%, which is five times more of Japan’s average, giving the destination its reputation and brand value as Japan’s gourmet capital, not to mention its namesake beer.
As an environmentally-conscious destination, here at Sapporo Convention Bureau we work broadly with several initiatives to integrate a sustainability perspective in the business events operations. Recommend programs and efforts to help reduce the environmental impact of an event; offer pragmatic means to encourage action through services such as carbon offsetting; or help monitor change and communicate efficiently on the impact of an event in connection with SDGs.
Summary
Designated by Japan Government as the SDGs Future City for its active measures to combat climate change and achieve UN SDGs, sustainability has been a priority of Sapporo since its Eco Capital Declaration in 2008. Also a member of the Fair Trade Towns, in 2020, Sapporo became the first city in Japan to obtained the LEED for Cities and Communities Platinum certification, marking the highest score among LEED-certified cities.
Does Sapporo Convention Bureau  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Sapporo have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Sapporo Convention Bureau  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
With a population of 1.9 million, comparable to world capitals such as Paris, Vienna and Barcelona, and with an area the size of Hong Kong, Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest metropolis, over 60% of which is covered by greenery and 6 meters of snow for the period of 130 days a year. Apart from its compact structure, environmentally-friendly elements can be found all around Sapporo. There is a subway that boasts noise-reducing rubber tires, or Porocle, a bicycle sharing system. One of the landmarks of Sapporo, the Moerenuma Park for example, was built on a waste landfill, while the park’s signature and one of the city’s unique venues, the Glass Pyramid, uses snow for its air conditioning, another unique feature that has also been adopted by the New Chitose Airport. The former host of Asia’s first winter Olympics has also been a longtime front-runner of local production - local consumption, with an overwhelming food sufficiency rate of 208%, which is five times more of Japan’s average, giving the destination its reputation and brand value as Japan’s gourmet capital, not to mention its namesake beer.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
289 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
As an environmentally-conscious destination, here at Sapporo Convention Bureau we work broadly with several initiatives to integrate a sustainability perspective in the business events operations. Recommend programs and efforts to help reduce the environmental impact of an event; offer pragmatic means to encourage action through services such as carbon offsetting; or help monitor change and communicate efficiently on the impact of an event in connection with SDGs.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
79
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
88
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
73
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

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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

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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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