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.
The City of Prague supports green events by offering free or discounted public transportation tickets for congress and conference delegates.
In 2020, the City Council approved a resolution committing the capital to stop supporting events at which single-use packagings and dishes are used, and all the organisers have to replace one-use cups, plates etc. with reusable ones if they want to become eligible for any form of the City of Prague support.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country ranking 8th in the global Sustainable Development Goals 2020 Index.
Prague's commitment is clear: it must halve its emissions by 2030. In the spring of 2021, the Prague City Council approved the 2030 Climate Plan of the City of Prague, which is supposed to significantly help in this effort.
Prague Sustainable Mobility Plan includes ongoing extension of tram routes, pedestrian zones, and also barrier-free accessibility of subway line stations.
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.
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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Prague Councillors Approved Modification of Tourist Tax. Czech Capital Can Receive More Funds to Cultivate Tourism
In the Czech capital city, a modified decree on the local accommodation fee has been in effect since the beginning of 2022, The new form was approved by the Prague City Assembly, and it is based on a memorandum that Prague signed with the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of the Czech Republic and with the Prague City Tourism municipal company last November. By increasing the local tourism tax from the current CZK 21 to CZK 50, Prague will receive the funds necessary to fulfil its long-term vision of cultivated and sustainable tourism, the development of the city as an attractive destination for meetings, conferences or exhibitions, and the promotion of the city abroad.
AIM Group International Signs Pledge for “Net Zero Carbon Events”
The pledge commits organisations to achieve “net zero” by 2050, at the latest, and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
Prague Makes Further Steps Towards Sustainable Development
This year, among other things, one of the world's biggest topics is climate change. The forecasts are not very attractive and the threat needs to be addressed globally.
Via Outlets, European Network of Outlet Stores, Defended its Highest Sustainability Rating
The VIA Outlets, network of European outlet centres, which includes the most visited Czech outlet centre Fashion Arena Prague Outlet, has once again defended the highest GRESB sustainability rating. In the evaluation process, the outlet network scored 92 points this year, which is seven more than last year. The five-star rating has been securing VIA Outlets a place among the 20% of the most sustainable retail companies for the second year running.
Prague Improved its Position in International Meeting Destinations Competition, Despite Crisis
Slovenian Kongres magazine was evaluating international meeting destinations based on a set of 75 various criteria, this year for the tenth time already. Prague received 4.68 points out of 5 possible this year, thus defending its first place in the region of the so-called New Europe. It ranked fourth in the overall ranking of XL destinations with capacities for more than 2,000 delegates.
Czech Republic Boasts Some of Safest and Best Quality Food in World
According to the recently published results of the already ninth edition of The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) of The Economist - the British weekly periodical, the Czech Republic placed fifth in the ranking of food availability, quality or safety. In addition, the ranking, which compared 113 countries this year based on a set of 59 unique indicators, also focused on natural resources, their status or impacts and risks related to climate change.
How Vienna House Hotels Contribute to Sustainability
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Prague Again Shines Among the World’s Best Cities
The renowned British magazine Time Out, established in 1968 and currently distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide, compiled its annual ranking of the world’s best cities, in which Prague took seventh place this year.
Prague Introduces New Souvenirs
Prague City Tourism, the official destination organization of the Capital City of Prague is this week launching a completely new portfolio of souvenirs that showcase Prague as a cultural and sustainable city. The company has turned to some renowned Prague artists to make it happen. The respective artists have created the products exclusively for Prague City Tourism, in many cases as limited editions. City Hall is working together with the organization on implementing a new strategy, prioritizing innovative and upmarket tourism. Souvenirs can be purchased through the e-shop or at the Petřín Tower, which is a pilot point of sale.
Events in the Spirit of Sustainable Development
CUBEX's commitment to sustainable development is evidenced by its corporate residence: the Trimaran building in the heart of "Prague's Manhattan", which received the prestigious LEED Platinum certificate of the highest category, confirmation of the maximum possible energy and operational efficiency. However, the fight for sustainability intersects in many other aspects of the center’s functioning. The long-term health of planet and all of us has a very important place here.
Honey from Mall?! Fashion Arena Installed Beehives in its Premises
In June, Fashion Arena Prague Outlet, known as the most visited outlet centre in the Czech Republic, installed three beehives in their outdoor premises. It is one of the series of environmental projects through which the centre promotes biodiversity in its surroundings and it thus encourages its customers to behave more environmentally friendly.
Prague Became the European Forest City
On 18 May 2021, the Capital City of Prague received the Forest City Award 2021 from representatives of the European Forest Institute. Every year, the Institute, which brings together representatives from forest research, industry, forest owners and international forest organisations, awards a city that has most efficiently contributed to the maintenance and expansion of its forest fund and environmental protection. The award is a confirmation of the Czech capital's efforts towards the sustainable direction of the city, which in recent years have been closely watched by the organizers of international events when choosing the next host destination for their events.