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Amsterdam is taking action now to ensure the city remains a healthy and inclusive one for everyone into and beyond 2050. The city’s Climate Neutral Programme focuses on reducing CO2 released within the city of Amsterdam as a result of energy use. If Amsterdam is to become a carbon-neutral city, an energy transition is needed: a structural transformation of the energy system away from fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal. It will also be important to use available energy sources as sparingly as possible. Amsterdam’s emissions reduction ambitions includes making local traffic emission-free by 2030, and for the city to be natural gas-free by 2040, among other things. The city wants the energy transition to be a just transition, with the costs and benefits distributed fairly and for everyone to have equal access to the decision-making process. It’s working closely with leaders and citizens in the energy transition, removing obstacles, and inspiring and encouraging others to take action and build networks.
To break the trend and rid the city of harmful CO2 emissions for good, Amsterdam will undergo a 100% transition from coal, oil and gas to clean energy. This transformation will be society’s greatest challenge in the coming decades. New energy sources will be needed to achieve the energy transition, and existing infrastructure above and below ground will need to be adapted. This will be a challenge, in view of the pressure on (public) space in Amsterdam.
By taking the lead, the municipality will ensure that cooperation is optimised wherever necessary, and that everyone learns from one another. The municipality will play a key role in encouraging this transition and the use of public transportation or cycling; switching to renewable energy sources for electricity and heat; and the employment of carbon-neutral construction methods.
Amsterdam is developing a Regional Energy Strategy (RES) and a Roadmap to outline how targets will be achieved and what their expected spatial impacts will be. The plan is based on the following transition pathways: the built environment, electricity, mobility, industry & harbour, and the municipality. There is also a climate budget, which sets out who in the municipal administration is responsible for what forms of CO2 reduction and how this will be implemented. Grants, loans and free advice are being offered to help accelerate the energy transition and phase-out the use of natural gas in homes. A climate fund has been established for large-scale projects.
For more information, read Amsterdam’s complete Climate Neutral Programme and Roadmap.