Bilbao will be the host destination for 2024 Cycle Cities Symposium, taking place February 26 – 28 at La Terminal, with bike tour operators throughout Europe expected to attend. CC is the oldest symposium and networking event for bike tour operators, bike-focused hotels, cycling and travel brands, and industry professionals. With the hospitality of Cycle Cities Member, Tourne Bilbao, attendees will get a chance to experience Bilbao’s most popular iconic spots by bike.
Steel Tech, Congress&Expo will be certified as an Erronka Garbia event, a seal awarded by the Basque Government’s Ihobe-State-Owned Enterprise for Environmental Management, in recognition of its commitment to sustainability.
To achieve this certification, the event, which will take place from 25 to 27 October at BEC and is a benchmark meeting point for the steel industry, and implemented an impact reduction plan that proposes six lines of action: mobility, energy, water, procurement, infrastructure, and waste.
Examples of this are measures such as adjusting the intensity of light and temperature to the different time phases; reducing the energy use of the stands; minimising waste and its selective collection; using sustainable elements in signage and development awareness campaigns on these issues, and others that have an impact on the environment, such as public transport by attendees.
Furthermore, aware of the importance of sustainability in the current era, BEC has implemented several initiatives in renewable energies that reflect its firm intention to reduce its environmental footprint and promote responsible practices throughout its value chain. These actions include expanding its solar photovoltaic plant, which is dedicated to self-consumption for the supply of its energy needs and supplies 18%, as well as expanding its network of charging points for electric vehicles.
The inclusion of SteelTech as an Erronka Garbia-certified event joins the accreditations previously awarded to the Egurtek and Expovacaciones trade fairs organised by the Bilbao Exhibition Centre. In addition, BEC is currently working on obtaining new recognition for the 32nd edition of the International Machine Tool Biennial, which will take place in June 2024.
Bilbao has become the seventh best city in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index, where, this year, it has risen to 24th position. It is the first city in Spain to appear in this international ranking of the 100 cities most committed to the creation of joint strategies with respect to social, economic and environmental sustainability.
This result implies a climb of nine positions with respect to 2022 and a huge leap from the 42nd position obtained in 2021, the year in which Bilbao joined Global Destination Sustainability.
The Global Destination Sustainability index, an international ranking of sustainable destinations for the organisation of meetings, incentive trips, conferences and exhibitions (MICE sector), as a fundamental basis assesses the destination’s alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030 using 71 indicators. In the case of the City of Bilbao, the improvements introduced by the Bilbao Convention Bureau have been assessed together with those of its suppliers, integrated in the standing commission for work “Bilbao Arima Berdea”
The aim of participating in this index, led by Bilbao City Council, is to establish a dynamics for the improvement of sustainable development and to recognise the work of local stakeholders with respect to sustainability, boosting confidence in our City for the organisation of international events. In collaboration with local stakeholders, Bilbao City Council seeks to increase its competitive advantage in the MICE sector. Prior to the health crisis, this enabled 1300 meetings per year to be held in the City, and this level of activity is gradually recovering.
GLOBAL DESTINATION SUSTAINABILITY
The GDS index, drafted in collaboration with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), IMEX Group, City Destinations Alliance and MCI Group, is encompassed within the sustainable destinations movement. This brings together professionals from the sector with the aim of collaborating in the creation of strategies to enable destinations to achieve greater social, economic and environmental sustainability. This year, the ranking is headed by the cities of Gothenburg, Liverpool, Washington and Sydney.
On 23, 24, and 25 October 2024, Bilbao will officially host the Eurocities Economic Development Forum, bringing together mayors and leaders of the leading European cities, as well as many decision-makers and officials from the European Union, to address various issues related to innovation and the role of cities in tackling significant global challenges.
The Economic Development Forum is an annual meeting that serves as a platform for exchanging ideas and best practices on urban development, local economic policies, innovation and entrepreneurship, and international economic relations. The aim is to position cities as key players in economic matters to ensure citizens’ well-being, equality, social cohesion, etc.