Nuuk is the first sustainability certified capital in the world

How and why

How and why
How and why


Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, became the first EarthCheck certified capital in the world based on criteria formulated by GSTC. This means that throughout every sector we are looking to improve economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.


Opening up to the world

In 2024, Nuuk will open its new international airport and welcome direct visitors from all over the world. 

Overtourism? Not on our watch 

The new international airport will increase the number of tourists traveling to Nuuk driving economic growth. However, it can also drive deterioration of the environment and local life quality, as we have seen in other places with overtourism.


To prepare Nuuk for the new international airport, we have teamed up with EarthCheck who is the world's leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. 

Data driven approach

Sermersooq Business collects relevant data from Nuuk relating to sustainability. This data has been analyzed by EarthCheck, where EarthCheck compares Nuuk’s data with similar destinations. 

You can see the exact results of this process in image titled "EarthCheck Benchmark Checklist"


Silver certified

On August 31st 2021 Nuuk celebrated becoming Silver Certified by EarthCheck. This is an important step on a data-driven journey towards sustainability.


Our policy and action plan

Performance report

The performance report includes 20 indicators in Nuuk relevant to sustainability.

This document is available only in English. You can also find a summarized table of this report in the EarthCheck Benchmark Checklist above.



It is important for us that you are included in the process. If you have any feedback or complaints we encourage you to fill out the form below, and we will get back to you within 1 working day.


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Green Team

The Green Team identifies areas of Nuuk that are crucial for becoming a sustainable destination. The Green Team takes a holistic approach analyzing environmental, cultural, social and economic aspects to elucidate how these aspects affect Nuuk now and in the future.

This work is formalized in a sustainability risk assessment and action plan that will be publicly available for you. Most importantly, it will be open for your feedback and concerns.


From the left to the right you see Salik Hard, Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Claus Andersen-Aagaard, Frank Rasmussen og Asmus Jessen Rubæk.

Members not in the picture are Jesper Øraker, Anders Lykke Laursen, Mads Skifte og Simon Westermann

Green Team

Sustainability in tourism guidelines

Sustainability in tourism guidelines
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