Nuuk - the first sustainable capital

Nuuk - the first sustainable capital


Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is to become the first GSTC certified capital in the world. This means that throughout every sector we are looking to improve economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects. 

Opening up to the world

In 2023, Nuuk will open its new international airport and welcome direct visitors from all over the world. 

Over tourism? 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 over tourism.


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"


Bronze Benchmarked

On November 6 2020, Nuuk celebrated becoming Bronze Benchmarked. This is an important step as it symbolizes the beginning of our sustainable journey as the first sustainable capital in the world.


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Green Team

To support the sustainability project, a Green Team has been formed with relevant actors. 

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

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

Green Team


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