Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism

The city's partners are committed to making Glasgow one of the most sustainable places in Europe, where a high quality of urban life and green business practices generating sustainable profits go together. 

A sustainable approach to tourism growth is the only way to ensure the long term success of tourism.

We are experiencing dynamic change and there is a need now for our tourism industry, government, public sector and communities to collectively respond, adapt and work together to deliver responsible, sustainable and managed growth for the future.

Some reasons to become more sustainable:

  • Increasing efficiency and reducing running costs 
  • Protecting and enhancing our environment and cultural heritage
  • Enhancing the visitor experience 
  • Ensuring legal compliance
  • Gaining market advantage

There are many actions that your business can benefit from quickly which are simple and cost little or nothing.

For more information on sustainable tourism, has a dedicated section of helpful resources including factsheets and green tourism certification helping your business become more sustainable.

Green Tourism

Green Tourism's expert advice, eco-development programmes and internationally respected accreditation scheme have helped thousands of businesses adopt greener working practices, saving them money and making a real difference to the environment.

Find out if your business could achieve an award with their FREE 10 minute green check quiz.

Zero Waste Scotland 

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where they can have the greatest impact on climate change. Their goal is to motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. 

They have two main areas of business support: resource efficiency and circular economy:

Resource Efficient Scotland offers businesses free support to reduce costs by implementing resource efficiencies in energy, water, raw materials and waste management.

The Circular Economy Accelerator programme aims to increase the resource efficiency of Scottish SMEs, further develop and strengthen Scotland's circular economy, and support community-based organisations to build on existing local resources. 

Their Circular Economy Business Support Service delivers tailored, expert, one-to-one consultancy directly to small and medium sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland looking to develop circular business models. It’s designed to help companies explore more circular ways of doing business that can result in resource efficiencies, improved profitability, higher quality products, increased customer base and alternative supply chains for your business.

Sustainable Conference Destination

In August 2016, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to be included in a new sustainability ranking of leading international conference destinations. The Global Destination Sustainability Index 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. Glasgow is currently ranked as number 4 in the world.

Glasgow Convention Bureau actively promotes greener options to conference organisers and works with industry to highlight and encourage businesses to implement environmentally friendly practices. The below documents provide industry with helpful summaries of how they can be more 'green'. 

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP26

The Scottish Event Campus will host the UN Climate Change Conference in 2021. This is a globally significant event as the world comes together to address climate change. COP26 will be the biggest conference ever staged in Scotland, welcoming participants from all over the world.