Green Globe Viewpoint: Switzerland’s Most Sustainable Cities

Green Globe Viewpoint: Switzerland’s Most Sustainable Cities
December 12, 2019 Bradley Cox

Constantly thought of as the Swiss capital, Switzerland’s second largest city is well known for its diverse language culture, chocolate shops and watchmakers. The city houses the headquarters for important international organizations such as the World Health Organization, and Geneva is a major research, development and planning center with regards to ecology and environmental protection.

Undertaking various projects relating to air quality, renewable energies, social issues, equality and diversity, Geneva is one of the greenest and most relaxed destinations in Europe. Many stakeholders are committed to improving sustainability programs and are involved in different labels such as GRTA for restaurants (locally grown products) and Green Globe for hotels.

In Geneva, 20% of the territory is made up of greenery including 50 flourishing parks. The city receives 100% of its electricity from renewable sources and 80% of water from Lake Geneva, according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index, and also recycles 49% of its waste. The city’s public areas will become free of single use plastic as of January 2020.

Even though distances between conference centers and hotels can be easily accessed on foot, free public transportation is offered to any guest staying in a hotel for the entire duration of their stay.

Green Globe’s longstanding member Intercontinental Geneva receives cold water from Lake Geneva and use it to cool their buildings to achieve significant savings in energy usage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The hotel works together with a local farm called La Ferme de Budé located just 100 m away from the property. Seasonal and local food is served to the guests who are also invited to explore the farm’s property and their procedures of growing.

For a more detailed insight into Geneva’s sustainability operations and Intercontinental Geneva, please see inks below: 

by Christina Althammer, Membership Services