A living lab for green experimentation

Amsterdam is one of the world’s leading cities in the field of sustainability. Together with its many partners, the city has taken strong action to promote electric transport and get rid of polluting vehicles. Amsterdam’s goal, as outlined in a new report called The Electric City, is to become a zero-emissions city by 2025.

The city’s pioneering role was recently confirmed at the World Electric Vehicle Symposium in Montreal in June, where Amsterdam won the E-visionary award for the second time in a row. Amsterdam was also voted Europe’s innovation capital in April of this year.

Electric transport leader

The city is a living lab for electric transport projects of all kinds, carried out by research institutes, innovative businesses, and startups. Researchers and entrepreneurs are developing creative solutions for fast charging, smart parking, data use, and solar energy storage. These projects involve not only cars, but also boats, delivery vans, scooters, and lorries.

Amsterdam is also increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations to 4,000 by 2018, and is striving to have all-electric bus transport by 2025. It is also studying how ferries and tourist boats can be made cleaner.

Sustainability Agenda

A recent article in the Huffington Post details many of the steps that Amsterdam has taken to achieve these goals and more. It looks into the city’s energy and environmental agenda, known as Sustainable Amsterdam. This plan outlines how the city’s renewable energy production and capacity can be increases, and how overall energy use per person can be reduced. Likewise, Amsterdam’s solid waste is already being burned in an incinerator that produces heat and power for the city. The electricity goes into the grid, and the heat is distributed to both residential and industrial customers. In terms of funding, Amsterdam has established a Sustainability Fund, in addition to its Climate and Energy Fund.