Here are some of the titles and awards that Gothenburg and Sweden have received during recent years.

2019

Gothenburg is the world's most sustainable meeting destination for fourth year in a row

Gothenburg was the highest scoring city in the 2019 Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, comparing the sustainability efforts of meeting destinations. Scoring 90 percent in total sustainability performance, Gothenburg retained its place at the top for the fourth consecutive year. The index determines how well cities meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental.

Gothenburg is the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 

The title is awarded by The European Commission aiming at rewarding cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. 35 cities from 17 EU-countries took part in the competition that evaluates candidates from four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation and culture & creativity. In the entry for The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 award, Gothenburg focused on strengths in all four categories and on being ready to share best practices and learnings with other destinations. 

2018

Gothenburg is the world's most sustainable meeting destination for third year in a row

Gothenburg was the highest scoring city in the 2018 Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, comparing the sustainability efforts of meeting destinations. Scoring 83 percent in total sustainability performance, Gothenburg took the first place once again, for third year in a row. The index determines how well cities meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental.

2017

Gothenburg is once again the world's most sustainable meeting destination

Gothenburg was the highest scoring city in the 2017 Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, comparing the sustainability efforts of meeting destinations. Scoring 81 percent in total sustainability performance, Gothenburg took the first place once again. The index determines how well cities meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental. 

Gothenburg awarded for best innovation

Gothenburg was also awarded the prize for best Innovation for the Got Event accessability app, by Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The accessability app was developed for event visitors with vision or hearing defiencies.

2016

Gothenburg ranked as the most sustainable destination in the world

Gothenburg was the highest scoring city in the 2016 Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, comparing the sustainability efforts of meeting destinations. Scoring 71 percent in total sustainability performance, Gothenburg took the first place. The index determines how well cities meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental. Gothenburg gained the highest scores in social sustainability and supplier sustainability.

Winner of 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award

The City of Gothenburg was awarded the UNFCC's Momentum of Change climate change award, for being the first city in the world to issue green bonds. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. In 2013, the City of Gothenburg became the first city in the world to issue green bonds, which enable it to borrow money for investments that benefit the environment. More than 75% of proceeds from green bonds issued between 2013 and 2015 are used by the city to fund climate change projects that promote the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth.

Sweden ranked the most reputable country in the world

Having collected 58,000 international ratings, the Reputation Institute (RI) named Sweden the most reputable country in the world. The institute measures consumer perceptions surrounding the different countries’ economy, environment and government. Sweden was followed by Canada and Switzerland on the list.

Top marks to Göteborg Landvetter airport for minimising emissions

Göteborg Landvetter Airport has been certified at the highest level according to a European standard for its work to reduce carbon dioxide emissions - every year since 2011. The certification means that the airport is entirely carbon-neutral with respect to its own operations.

Sweden once again ranked the most innovative EU member state

Sweden is no newcomer in the top of the European Innovation Scoreboard (published by the European Commission) and in 2016, the country was once again ranked the most innovative EU member state. Sweden is doing particularly well in developing human capital and producing high quality academic research.

Boom for electric cars

2015 was a good year in the Swedish market for environmentally friendly vehicles. The amount of new electric cars and plug-in hybrids doubled for the fifth consecutive year, and Sweden is today number three in the world when it comes to electric vehicles.

Swedish energy system ranked third best in the world

Sweden has the third best energy system in the world after Switzerland and Norway, according to The Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI), developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture.

2015

Best non-native English speakers in the world

The Swedish people are the best non-native English speakers in the world, according to the largest global ranking of countries by English language skills. Sweden has previously topped the ranking in 2012 and 2013.

Swedish National Earth Hour Capital 2015

In 2015, an international jury named Gothenburg Sweden's National Earth Hour Capital in the WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge. The city was recognised for its ambitious and innovative climate strategies, green bonds and work to reduce its citizens' consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions.

App for sustainable travels awarded by OECD

Ubigo is a mobility service which combines public transport, car-sharing, rental car service, taxi and a bicycle system - all in one app. Ubigo was developed in Gothenburg as part of the project Go:smart which aims at facilitating sustainable transportation. In May, UbiGo received the OECD International Transport Forum’s award for Promising Innovation.

Sweden yet again most sustainable country in the world

Sweden regains its position as the most sustainable country in the world in the Country Sustainability Ranking by RobecoSAM.

The European Solar Prize

The electric bus route in Gothenburg – ElectriCity - was awarded the European Solar Prize 2015 for being the best example of sustainable public transport operated using renewable energy.

2014

Access city award to Gothenburg

The Access City Award is given by the European Union and recognises a city's willingness, capability and efforts to ensure accessibility in order to improve the quality of life of its population and ensure that everybody - regardless of age, mobility or ability - has equal access to all the resources and pleasures cities have to offer. In 2014, Gothenburg received the award.

2013

Sweden ranked as the world’s most sustainable country

In a study by the investment company RobecoSAM, Sweden was ranked the world’s most sustainable country .The Zurich-based company focuses on sustainability investing and assesses 60 countries across a range of environmental, social and governance factors.

Swedavia awarded for its forward-thinking initiative

Swedavia that run Göteborg Landvetter Airport was given the Sigma Aviation Award 2013 for its dedicated environmental work to achieve and maintain carbon-neutral airports with good profitability. In 2013, ten out of 16 airports in Europe with the highest level of certification according to the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme, were Swedavia’s.

2012

For the second year in a row, Göteborg Landvetter Airport earned the highest accreditation level according to the European standard for its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2012, Gothenburg became a Klimatkommun, (a Clean Air Region).

Gothenburg awarded number 1 in Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability index by ICCA, (International Congress and Convention Association). The index is awarded by UNWTO.

2011

Gothenburg awarded Europe’s best Eco Tourism Destination.

Gothenburg became a Fairtrade City.

The Port of Gothenburg received the Sustainable Shipping Award “Regional Environmental Protection Contribution” in 2011. The port was the first in the world to provide a high-voltage onshore power supply for cargo vessels.