These and other agreements were set out in a covenant to be signed today by Abdeluheb Choho (alderperson for Sustainability) and Alexandra van Huffelen, the Managing Director of the GVB.

Emission-free buses

All GVB traffic must be emission-free by 2025. The first emission-free buses will start operating during the coming three years. Also, a study will be launched to determine how to clean up the city's public ferry services. By 2019, the GVB aims to operate 50 electric vehicles to achieve at least 700,000 emission-free kilometres on Amsterdam’s network each year. The company will also generate electricity through solar panels on its own buildings. A preliminary study has indicated that the GVB has enough space to install 2,300 solar panels, which could meet the demand of 250 family households. The City of Amsterdam will investigate how many solar panels can be mounted on the roofs of metro stations.

The GVB will conduct its first tests with buses and with the mounting of solar panels this year.

Partnership and sustainability

Amsterdam is growing in every direction and dimension, putting the city under increased strain. The City of Amsterdam and its partners wish to facilitate this growth, and to ensure that it is sustainable. By 2025, the city must be stronger, cleaner and healthier, offering an overall higher quality of life. This vision has been elaborated upon in Amsterdam's Sustainability Agenda, adopted by the city council.

Alderperson for Sustainability, Abdeluheb Choho, believes that the partnership with the GVB sets an example for others. “We are going to make Amsterdam more sustainable on a grand scale and will do so with partners that have grand ambitions. Frontrunners such as the GVB deserve a platform and for others to follow their lead.”

The City of Amsterdam will contribute €1 million for the purchase of cleaner buses and the required infrastructure, such as charging points. It will also jointly conduct research with the GVB into the public ferries and the potential of solar energy.

For a video explanation of the plans by Alexandra van Huffelen (in Dutch), please click here: