Why we're putting sustainability at the heart of what we do
Glasgow has aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 – with a focus on improving quality of life in the city, protecting the environment and developing a green economy with sustainability top of the agenda.
In August 2016, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to be included in a new sustainability ranking of leading international conference destinations – alongside the likes of Houston, Sydney, Kyoto, Barcelona, Geneva, Helsinki, Stockholm and Frankfurt. In 2017, Glasgow improved its overall score by 16%, increasing its ranking from number 7 to number 4 in the world.
The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), initiated by the Scandinavian Chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in collaboration with professional conference organiser MCI Group, aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.
We want to build on our existing credentials to further support the city in achieving its sustainable objectives and play a greater role in helping to make Glasgow greener.