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Zurich 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
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Social
Zurich is one of the most sustainable convention destinations in the world. Climate-neutral excursion activities, hotels with sustainability certification, short distances, and a highly efficient public transportation network: Zurich provides the perfect framework conditions for holding sustainable events. As your local partner, the Zurich Tourism Convention Bureau will accompany you from the initial bidding stage right through to the implementation of your congress, meeting, or event. On doing so, our experienced team takes into account values such as environmental friendliness, economic efficiency, and fair working conditions.
With a huge majority of 76.4% of yes votes, the population of Zürich said yes to sustainable development and to the 2000-watt society in 2008. Specifically, this means that Zürich aims to reduce its energy consumption to 2000 watts per person and its CO2 emissions to one tonne per person and year by 2050. Since 2008, the targets of the 2000-watt society and nuclear phase-out have been anchored in municipal regulations. The city of Zürich is committed to reaching these ambitious targets in various ways. It promotes efficient energy use and the use of renewables, such as environmental heat, solar power, solar collectors or district heat with financial incentives and consultation. In terms of mobility, it has an attractive range of environmentally friendly means of public transport, and it acts as an example when it comes to its own properties. The city of Zürich has been honoured with the European Energy Award®GOLD for its energy performance and in the use of renewables. It also comes top in the ranking of the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index.
In addition to security, Zürich Airport is a further, major benefit for Zürich as a congress location. It is a key international hub for arrivals and departures in the immediate vicinity. The city of Zürich is easy and straightforward to reach by public transport. All congress venues and the great majority of hotels are close to one another. 98 per cent of the hotels are less than half an hour away from a congress location. 50 per cent of hotel rooms in Zürich hold a sustainability certificate from a recognised label. For people attending fairs and congresses, there are numerous options to experience the sustainable commitment of destination Zürich or to explore them in a resource-saving manner thanks to the programme of activities offered by Zürich Tourism. Numerous city bikes, e-bikes and kids bikes are available free of charge in the city of Zürich. This allows the city to be explored in an environmentally sustainable way during a meeting break.
The city of Zürich has seen lively construction development over the past decade. On 22 January 2014, the threshold of 400,000 inhabitants was passed. Since 2005, the population has grown by more than 35,000, and nearly 60,000 new jobs have been created. The city is clearly an attractive place to live and work. According to forecasts, this growth will continue in the coming years. Zürich offers a high quality of life, the population is satisfied and its social cohesion is strong. The city of Zürich has defined 21 indicators in the areas of business, environment and society, which it considers to be important with regard to a comprehensive view of the city's development. The social indicators include the following: quality of life, social security, security, equal opportunities for men and women, people with disabilities, work-life balance, integration of the foreign population and cross-regional solidarity. The city of Zürich comes second in the Mercer Ranking of 2016, which rates the quality of life of cities.
Summary
Zurich is one of the most sustainable convention destinations in the world. Climate-neutral excursion activities, hotels with sustainability certification, short distances, and a highly efficient public transportation network: Zurich provides the perfect framework conditions for holding sustainable events. As your local partner, the Zurich Tourism Convention Bureau will accompany you from the initial bidding stage right through to the implementation of your congress, meeting, or event. On doing so, our experienced team takes into account values such as environmental friendliness, economic efficiency, and fair working conditions.
Does Zürich Tourism  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Zurich have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Zürich Tourism  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
With a huge majority of 76.4% of yes votes, the population of Zürich said yes to sustainable development and to the 2000-watt society in 2008. Specifically, this means that Zürich aims to reduce its energy consumption to 2000 watts per person and its CO2 emissions to one tonne per person and year by 2050. Since 2008, the targets of the 2000-watt society and nuclear phase-out have been anchored in municipal regulations. The city of Zürich is committed to reaching these ambitious targets in various ways. It promotes efficient energy use and the use of renewables, such as environmental heat, solar power, solar collectors or district heat with financial incentives and consultation. In terms of mobility, it has an attractive range of environmentally friendly means of public transport, and it acts as an example when it comes to its own properties. The city of Zürich has been honoured with the European Energy Award®GOLD for its energy performance and in the use of renewables. It also comes top in the ranking of the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
943.25 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
In addition to security, Zürich Airport is a further, major benefit for Zürich as a congress location. It is a key international hub for arrivals and departures in the immediate vicinity. The city of Zürich is easy and straightforward to reach by public transport. All congress venues and the great majority of hotels are close to one another. 98 per cent of the hotels are less than half an hour away from a congress location. 50 per cent of hotel rooms in Zürich hold a sustainability certificate from a recognised label. For people attending fairs and congresses, there are numerous options to experience the sustainable commitment of destination Zürich or to explore them in a resource-saving manner thanks to the programme of activities offered by Zürich Tourism. Numerous city bikes, e-bikes and kids bikes are available free of charge in the city of Zürich. This allows the city to be explored in an environmentally sustainable way during a meeting break.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
The city of Zürich has seen lively construction development over the past decade. On 22 January 2014, the threshold of 400,000 inhabitants was passed. Since 2005, the population has grown by more than 35,000, and nearly 60,000 new jobs have been created. The city is clearly an attractive place to live and work. According to forecasts, this growth will continue in the coming years. Zürich offers a high quality of life, the population is satisfied and its social cohesion is strong. The city of Zürich has defined 21 indicators in the areas of business, environment and society, which it considers to be important with regard to a comprehensive view of the city's development. The social indicators include the following: quality of life, social security, security, equal opportunities for men and women, people with disabilities, work-life balance, integration of the foreign population and cross-regional solidarity. The city of Zürich comes second in the Mercer Ranking of 2016, which rates the quality of life of cities.
79
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
90
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
85
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

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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