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The Hague 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
The Hague aims to be climate neutral by 2040, 10 years before ahead of the goal set of the whole country of The Netherlands. The main strategy for the city is to connect this ambitious goals to the many initiatives that are already taking place among residents, businesses and institutions and to stimulate the joint effort to multiply the effect. The strategy will make a significant contribution towards making the Hague a forward-looking, attractive city with low housing costs for residents, a favorable business climate and an efficient and inspiring destination for conventioneers. Many steps have already been taken in developing in energy-efficient housing, building renewable energy sources and climate-proofing the city. Located by the sea, The Hague sees many excellent opportunities to developing sustainability in the water sector. As the first important phase towards becoming a water-smart city, The Hague has already piloted a project to remove the plastic soup in the oceans.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the sustainability of conferences and meetings in The Hague. First of all the Hague is a compact and convenient city with all of its locations easily reachable by public transportation, which is modern, comfortable and largely runs on electricity. Secondly, most of the hotels and venues have already made huge steps towards sustainability, or are well on the way. A good example is a programmed set by the city's largest convention center, The World Forum, who have not only implemented a wide range of initiatives on climate and social sustainability but consult and support event organizers who would like to make sure that their event at this location is sustainable and leaves a positive legacy.
As the capital of The Netherlands, The Hague leads by example in developing and implementing many social sustainability programmed. The main focus is on four factors of social sustainability development: social capacity (the ability of the citizens to have skills and have access to facilities that will enable them to achieve good living standards), living conditions, participation and social connection. The Hague implements a series of initiatives to ensure continuous development in all of these factors, with an ambition to reach not only high overall quality of life but to achieve impactful social sustainability across all of the city neighborhoods.
Summary
Does The Hague Convention Bureau  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does The Hague have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does The Hague Convention Bureau  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
The Hague aims to be climate neutral by 2040, 10 years before ahead of the goal set of the whole country of The Netherlands. The main strategy for the city is to connect this ambitious goals to the many initiatives that are already taking place among residents, businesses and institutions and to stimulate the joint effort to multiply the effect. The strategy will make a significant contribution towards making the Hague a forward-looking, attractive city with low housing costs for residents, a favorable business climate and an efficient and inspiring destination for conventioneers. Many steps have already been taken in developing in energy-efficient housing, building renewable energy sources and climate-proofing the city. Located by the sea, The Hague sees many excellent opportunities to developing sustainability in the water sector. As the first important phase towards becoming a water-smart city, The Hague has already piloted a project to remove the plastic soup in the oceans.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
472 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
There are a number of factors that contribute to the sustainability of conferences and meetings in The Hague. First of all the Hague is a compact and convenient city with all of its locations easily reachable by public transportation, which is modern, comfortable and largely runs on electricity. Secondly, most of the hotels and venues have already made huge steps towards sustainability, or are well on the way. A good example is a programmed set by the city's largest convention center, The World Forum, who have not only implemented a wide range of initiatives on climate and social sustainability but consult and support event organizers who would like to make sure that their event at this location is sustainable and leaves a positive legacy.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
As the capital of The Netherlands, The Hague leads by example in developing and implementing many social sustainability programmed. The main focus is on four factors of social sustainability development: social capacity (the ability of the citizens to have skills and have access to facilities that will enable them to achieve good living standards), living conditions, participation and social connection. The Hague implements a series of initiatives to ensure continuous development in all of these factors, with an ambition to reach not only high overall quality of life but to achieve impactful social sustainability across all of the city neighborhoods.
80
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
89
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
82
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.

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Water

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