When you visit Gothenburg you will stay in one of the world’s greenest hotel cities, you will have access to sustainable public transportation, a large number of eco certified restaurants, and much more.

According to the Global Destination Sustainability Index Gothenburg is the world’s most sustainable meeting and event destination.

Gothenburg has won the leadership award three years in a row, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. At www.gds-index.com you can compare destinations from a sustainabilty perspective.

Sustainability from 3 angles

Ecological sustainability is one of the most burning issues of our time and is an area that Gothenburg is tackling in a focused and deliberate way. But we cannot achieve sustainable development by tackling environmental issues alone; we must also tackle the social and economic aspects of sustainability. If the economy does well, and if people have jobs and feel that they are part of the city, it also makes it easier to achieve our climate goals. If people are unhappy, if the environment suffers and the resources run out then there is little potential to create economic value. What this means is that ecological, social and economic sustainability are not mutually exclusive, but actually essential to each other.

Read more about our approach to sustainability at our destination management organisation Göteborg & Co's website.

Sustainable examples

  • Almost all of our hotels have environmental diplomas.
  • Landvetter Airport has held the highest level of environmental accreditation – “European Airport Carbon” – since 2011.
  • Around 65 per cent of public transport in Gothenburg runs on renewable energy.
  • There are 1000 “Styr & Ställ” city bikes to rent at 60 different locations in the city.
  • All restaurants that are part of the Taste of Gothenburg association have environmental diplomas or are in the process of certification.
  • All meat that is served by the municipality must be organically farmed.
  • In 2011, the Port of Gothenburg received the Shipping Award for “Regional Environmental Protection Contribution”. The port was the first in the world to provide onshore power to vessels at berth.
  • In autumn 2013, Gothenburg became the first city in the world to issue a green bond for investments that benefit the environment and the climate.
  • Gothenburg is a green city, partly thanks to its closeness to forests and parks, but also to the compact layout of the city.
  • Gothenburg is a small city where almost everything is within walking distance.


  • Leadership award winner, Global Destination Sustainability Index 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • European Capital of Smart Tourism.
  • Winner of 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award.
  • Climate City of Sweden 2015.
  • Access City Award 2014.
  • Climate Municipality since 2012.
  • International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) top destination in UNWTO-prize-winning Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability Index, 2012 and 2013.
  • Top European Eco-tourism Destination 2011.
  • Fairtrade City since 2011.