Stockholm (NordSIP) – Gothenburg has been named “the most sustainable city in the world” as per the results of the annual Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) announced last week.
The GDS-Index, which was set up by the MCI Group in partnership with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), provides a broad international ranking of the progress cities are making towards sustainability. Gothenburg, which received a score of 92 out of 100 possible points, topped the list for the second year in a row, improving on its previous score of 83 points.
The GDS-Index is a way of accelerating sustainable development via knowledge sharing of its best practices and innovations, and contributes to the increasing drive to focus on the challenges faced by cities to accelerate e.g. the reduction of carbon emissions.
“This is great news for Gothenburg. The city and visitor industry are strongly committed to sustainability. This is recognition that out efforts are proving successful,” commented Camilla Nyman, CEO of Göteborg & Co.
The index measures every aspect of sustainability, including the ecological, social and economic. Cities are assessed on the basis of 30 criteria, including their performance in recycling, waste management, the environmental certification of hotels and restaurants, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic conditions and whether municipal and private companies have sustainability strategies in place.
GDS-Index methodology measures and compares the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of participating cities across four key areas: environmental performance, social performance, supplier performance and convention bureau performance. Gothenburg earned the highest score in all areas.
38 major cities took part in the rankings, which give strong performers advantages in terms of competing with other cities to attract investment, international congresses and other events.
“The goal for Gothenburg is to be in the absolute top league. All the sustainability initiatives that the city takes in collaboration with local business contribute to this success. This is very much in line with our ambition to keep on pushing every aspect of sustainability,” Nyman added.
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