Amsterdam's circular economy
On 15 November, Amsterdam won the World Smart City Award for the circular economy, presented at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The World Smart City Awards reward innovative projects, ideas and initiatives that stimulate sustainable urban development. In particular, this prize went to Amsterdam's Circular Innovation Program, a platform that accelerates the transition to a circular economy. In implementing its activities on this front, Amsterdam is working closely with circular entrepreneurs; for example, via the Amsterdam Smart City network. This marks the first time that the prize has been awarded, and the judges looked at more than 300 projects from 58 countries.
Global aviation hub
On 12 October, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was named the CAPA Airport of the Year 2017, in the category of airports with more than 30 million passengers a year. The CAPA (Centre for Aviation) annually awards airports that play an important strategic role in aviation. “With over 68 million national and international passengers annually, Schiphol demonstrates itself to be a globally leading airport in a relatively small country,” CAPA said. “Schiphol Group is preparing for the future by focusing on business and long-distance passengers, and by moving low-cost and charter airlines to the nearby Lelystad Airport. This well-designed airport is one of the most important in the world.”
The Netherlands also just won first place out of 80 countries on the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), which is the world's largest ranking of countries by their English skills. The EF EPI tests the reading and listening skills of about one million non-native speakers. The Netherlands scored a 71, which puts it in the highest level of proficiency. This marks the seventh edition of the EF EPI and is the second year in a row the Netherlands has won the top global score.