The Amsterdam Area: a sustainable place to live and work

A new study by British Business Energy has ranked Amsterdam as the fifth most eco-friendly city in the world for workers. London, Frankfurt, Oslo and Cambridge, Massachusetts, took the first four places in the ranking, while Cape Town came last.

The study used several factors to rank the cities, including the percentage of its residents who walk and cycle to work, its renewable energy usage, the number of vegetarian and vegan-friendly eateries it has and its patents for environmentally focused tech.

Amsterdam had the second-highest percentage of people walking and cycling to work, with 58% of residents in the Dutch capital heading to their offices by bike or on foot. The city is also home to more than 800 restaurants offering meat-free options.

How the Dutch capital is committed to sustainability

In addition to cycling and meat-free dining, there are many other features that make Amsterdam an environmentally friendly city. The Dutch capital is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions in Amsterdam by 55% in 2030, and 95% in 2050. The city will stop using natural gas before 2040 and within the next ten, years will have only emission-free transport by road and water. It is also aiming to power 80% of local homes with sustainable energy by 2030.

Additionally, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol uses electric buses to transport passengers and KLM – the Dutch flagship airline – has committed itself to purchasing 75,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel each year to reduce emissions.

Strategically located in between Europe’s largest economies, the Amsterdam Area is often referred to as the gateway to Europe. It offers full access to the European market: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is centrally located and flies to more than 300 destinations, high-speed rail services make it easy to work while travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin, and the Port of Amsterdam is ranked as one of Europe’s best ports.  

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