Moving forward on sustainability

Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, a favoured location for international companies, has moved a step further towards a sustainable future with Zero Waste Zuidas. The agreement was signed during the annual CEO breakfast for Green Business Club Zuidas (GBC Zuidas), an impact organisation with 45 members, many of whom are from large companies based in the area. The organisation campaigns for reducing waste, advancing high-value recycling and making Zuidas more sustainable in the fields of energy, mobility, logistics, water and green spaces.

Power in numbers

With approximately 43,000 employees, Zuidas is the Netherlands’ biggest business district. In the new accord, businesses commit to coordinating their waste streams. The resulting high volume of waste means that high-value recycling processes can be optimised. The first waste streams to be tackled as part of the accord are paper, cardboard, plastic and organic waste.

Working together to achieve green goals

For Zero Waste Zuidas, GBC Zuidas cooperated with the Amsterdam Economic Board, which has been working on a regional programme for resource transition in which cooperation and scale are essential for achieving innovation and large-scale, systematic change. “Zero Waste Zuidas means circularity as a starting point for the entire chain,” explains Marjolein Brasz, the Amsterdam Economic Board’s challenge lead for circular economy. “This includes designing and procuring products in a different way, making logistics smarter, using sustainable sources and encouraging reuse. If this can be achieved in Zuidas, it can be achieved everywhere. The blueprint of this process, the ins and outs, can be used by other business districts, by business parks, authorities and other green business clubs to make waste streams completely circular.”