Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country ranking 8th in the global Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Index. It also tops the lists of the world's greenest cities. Prague is very compact and easy to walk, with one of the best public transportation systems. Yet, the air and noise pollution from the road traffic are still the main challenges the city has been facing, gradually taking measures to eliminate it. We strive to sustain Prague as a „small city“ in the centre of Europe both for its inhabitants and visitors.
PCB Roles in Prague’s Sustainability
The Prague Convention Bureau has been striving to support its members and partners in implementing steps towards advanced sustainability in their services, venues and everyday operation. Our ambition is to provide a platform for innovation, education, and benchmarking. PCB collects, consolidates and promotes data about sustainability measures adopted within the Prague meetings industry to help meeting organizers searching for suppliers that meet their sustainability requirements.
Download Prague Sustainability Strategic Documents
Read the Council and Assembly of the Capital City of Prague strategic documents on various aspects of the city sustainability.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country ranking 8th in the global Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Index.
In 2019, the Prague City Council approved Prague’s climate commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 and to eliminate them by 2050.
Prague has one of the most efficient public transportation system ranked as a 5th in the world according to the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017.
Prague Sustainable Mobility Plan includes ongoing extension of tram routes, pedestrian zones, and also barrier-free accessibility of subway line stations.
In 2020, the Czech Republic was recognized as the 3rd most veggie-friendly European country in the Mint ranking. In total, You can find 230+ vegetarian or vegan restaurants in Czechia.
"Look beneath its old-world charm and you’ll discover Prague has changed and is still changing, striving to become a greener destination for visitors and a more sustainable city for its residents."
In 2019, the Prague City Council approved Prague’s climate commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 and to eliminate them by 2050. To reach the goals, the necessary measures have been developed, and many of them already implemented: Prague Sustainable Mobility Plan includes ongoing extension of tramlines, pedestrian zones, and also barrier-free accessibility of subway line stations. Another municipality commitment, a great deal of it already met, is to plant a million new trees between 2018 and 2022. The city authorities abandoned single-use plastic packages and tableware at its own events, and abolished all kinds of city support to events that refuse to stop using them.
Prague is, very favourably, situated in the Vltava river valley, in the heart of the Bohemian Basin with fertile soil, natural water streams and resources. It has hardly ever been short of local food resources: in fact, the city is surrounded by fields, vineyards stretch out to its very centre, and the famous beer is brewed in Prague’s countless breweries. Great number of the city’s restaurants and caterers can thus build their cuisine exclusively on local food and drinks.
Prague’s inhabitants and enterprises, appreciating the green city environment, are very aware of the importance of their everyday contribution and complaisance. This results in the high waste recycling rate, with already less than 10 percent of waste ending up in the landfill. The city plans to develop the circular economy further, refining its waste management systems, and, above all, reducing the waste generation.
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White Paper from Hybrid City Alliance Explores Multi-Hub Hybrid Events
The Hybrid City Alliance, of which Prague Convention Bureau is a founding member, has released a white paper exploring the design, sustainability and risks of hybrid and multi-hub hybrid events. The paper’s release coincides with the addition of five new members and the launch of a dedicated website.
Prague Well on Way to Meet City's Goal of Planting Million Trees in Eight Years
In 2019, the Czech capital set a goal of planting a million new trees on its territory within eight years. Since the adoption of this plan, 370,000 new trees have been planted in Prague to the date. These appear in emerging forest parks, city parks, orchards and in the streets of the city.
Prague Airport’s Development Quest: Sustainable and Green
Carbon neutrality, green electricity, protection of biodiversity alongside reduction of disposable plastics. This is but a short list of steps through which Prague Airport pursues sustainability and green urbanism. The long-term development projects imbedded in the airport’s agenda are to adhere to the principles of sustainability, too.
Prague Continues to Promote Electromobility and Sustainable Means of Transport
Already in mid-2019, Prague City Assembly approved the Sustainable Mobility Plan for Prague and surrounding areas with a view to 2030, which, among other issues, addresses the development of electric cars, the overall reduction of Prague transportation traffic and, last but not least, the increase in safety. The strategy also sticks to the global trend of reducing carbon burden and improving the environment by adapting such measures as the introduction of electric buses and construction of so-called P+R car parks at key transport hubs. Another great commitment is to increase the share of barrier-free metro stations from 72% to 95%. At the same time, the city increases its chances of meeting the strict conditions of those meeting organizers who prefer destinations paying special attention to sustainable development when choosing a location for their event.
Responsible Living Hotels – Occidental Praha
Barceló Hotel Group continues with the implementation of the Responsible Living Hotels project, whose mission is to make our Occidental Hotels & Resorts conscious travel claim brand, offering our customers responsible hotel stays committed with sustainability.
Fashion Arena Prague Outlet Promotes Sustainability
In 2019, the Fashion Arena Prague Outlet started to develop the area of sustainability very intensively, mainly by pursuing the Sustainable Buildings Goals, one of the four pillars that VIA Outlets parent company set in all its 11 centers. The other pillars include Engaged Stakeholders (individual stores), Conscious Customers, and Resilient Community.
Czech Government Approved Bill Leading to Plastic Waste Reduction
Piles of plastic waste in the Czech Republic will start shrinking soon. The Czech Government has presented a bill proposal which transposes the European directive on disposable plastics into Czech legislature with the aim to limit negative impact of selected plastic products. The bill is now heading to the Parliament.
Czech Republic is Moving Towards Cleaner Energy
In the next ten years, Czech energy sector will undergo a fundamental transformation towards a greater use of clean ecological resources, reduction of energy consumption and decentralization. Investments in the heating industry sector, building new renewable sources, but also investments into transportation systems or modernization of industry and business will lead the new way. The anticipated result will be a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a positive impact on the climate and environment.
Next Step to Airport Train: Railway Infrastructure Administration and Prague Airport Coordinate Plans
In pursuance of the Prague - Kladno train track modernisation including a direct connection to Václav Havel Airport Prague, the Railway Infrastructure Administration closely cooperates and coordinates its plans with Prague Airport. In December, the companies signed two important documents in this regard.
Prague Reduces Single-Use Plastics
Prague City Council approved the summary of measures according to which Prague will minimize the utilization of single-use plastics and will prevent the generation of large amounts of waste. The capital city has thus committed itself to a greater environmental protection in accordance with the relevant European Parliament directive.
Prague Introduces Position of Blue-Green Infrastructure Manager
The City of Prague is aware of the importance of greenery in the urban area and at the same time, the representatives of the city want to support sustainable rainwater management and other adaptive measures within various investment projects of the Czech capital. Thus, the Prague City Hall will launch a brand-new department of Blue-Green Infrastructure. Its manager will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the city investments in terms of blue-green infrastructure support.
Prague Improved Its Position within GainingEdge Competitive Index 2020
GainingEdge launched the Destination Competitive Index back in 2018. This benchmarking tool ranks cities based on their competitive strength to attract international conferences. The index starts with International Congress & Convention Association’s (ICCA) list of TOP 100 destinations based on the last three years results and taking into consideration also the decision-making factors of meeting planners.