Glasgow among world's top five cities for sustainable growth in meetings and events

Global Destination Sustainability Index gives Gothenburg highest score overall, as well as its Innovation Award.

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Image credit: iStock

Glasgow has ranked among the top five cities in the world for promoting sustainable growth in meetings and events, according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-index).

The Scottish city was also recognised with the Most Improved Award, thanks in part to its ‘People Make Glasgow Greener’ campaign over the past year.

The index scores cities based on four criteria: city environmental strategy and infrastructure; city social sustainability performance; industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres); and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives.

Gothenburg was the overall winner with a score of 92%, followed by Oslo (85%), Copenhagen and Reykjavik (82%) and Glasgow in fourth on 80%. 

"It's hugely motivating to see our efforts in this area being recognised," said Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau. "Glasgow is working towards becoming one of Europe's most sustainable cities by 2020 and in order to maintain our position as one of the world's premier conference destinations we recognise the importance of enhancing our sustainable business tourism offering."

Glasgow’s aim of becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 is matched by Scotland’s progress in switching to renewable energy. It has been widely reported that Scotland is leading the way among European nations in diverging from fossil fuels and is targeting 100% renewable energy in two years’ time.

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