More businesses in Netherlands embrace sustainability
Sustainability takes centre stage in the Netherlands as businesses prioritise eco-conscious practices, with an 83% adoption rate in 2023, marking a 4% increase from the previous year. The majority of efforts target energy efficiency and circular economy practices - strengthening Amsterdam's readiness to nurture environmentally responsible business efforts.
Increasing to an impressive 83%
The statistics are out and it’s official that more businesses are focusing on sustainability across the Netherlands. The percentage has risen by 4% from 79% in 2022, to 83% this year. Statistics are based on Business Survey Netherlands which is sent out in September to automotive, manufacturing, retail and service sectors.
Going, going, green
The majority of the focus when it comes to sustainability is energy, with 23% of efforts focused on green, efficient and low carbon alternatives. Actions relating to the circular economy was mentioned 15% – which coincides with the principality of Amsterdam’s plan to halve the use of new materials by 2030 and to achieve a full circular economy by 2050. Businesses based in accommodation and food sectors particularly mentioned that initiating circular practices within their business have become more important in their day to day.
A quarter of entrepreneurs said that their main obstacles when it came to sustainability initiatives for their business was financial resources. However, the Dutch government is investing heavily into further sustainability initiatives, the most recent being setting aside €250 million for small hydrogen projects. Additional subsidies, such as HER+ and ISDE, are also available. These subsidies have different eligibility criteria, and they offer opportunities for both small and large businesses to receive financial support for a wide range of sustainability-focused initiatives.
Amsterdam fostering a sustainable mindset for businesses
The increase of businesses focusing on sustainability comes as no surprise as Amsterdam is home to many businesses who are putting green practices into effect across all departments. From companies such as The Waste Transformers who turn commercial food waste to biogas, electricity or heat to companies such as Undercharments, who make underwear from coffee – Amsterdam is where good ideas can grow better across a range of innovative industries.