Aussie city leads global sustainability with UN certification

It is only the second city in the world to be awarded in the initiative.

Brisbane is the only Australian city to take out the gold level under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative.

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, said the UN’s gold level recognised all the work Council does to ensure Brisbane remains clean, green, and sustainable.

“Brisbane has world-class venues, hotels, restaurants, events and attractions but we’re also being increasingly recognised for being clean, green and sustainable,” he said.

“Our practical approach towards sustainability is not just about cutting waste and emissions but cutting costs for residents and making our city better for future generations.

“This accreditation recognises the raft of measures our Council team continues to undertake to keep Brisbane clean and green, to preserve our unique lifestyle and ensure we grow sustainably.”

This recognition follows a 4 per cent year-on-year increase of Brisbane’s score in the 2023 Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI) results.

Brisbane’s events and tourism industry is also a major contributor to the city’s sustainability trajectory, with more certified venues and experiences than ever committed to providing and further enhancing a sustainable product and visitor experience.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s strategic commitment to sustainability across environmental, social, economic factors for their staff, clients and community has attracted a number of social and environmental sustainability credentials, including Earthcheck Platinum Certification, recognising that the Centre operates at the highest environmental standards.

Last month, four Brisbane Accor properties – Sofitel Brisbane Central, Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Novotel Brisbane South Bank and ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street – all received Sustainable Tourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia.

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