Amsterdam

Netherlands
Amsterdam’s goal is to achieve a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030, and a 95% reduction of emissions by 2050.

Population Growth

24%
Since: 1990

Emissions Reduction Target

95%
Baseline: 1990
By 2050

Transportation Emissions Target

0% CO2
By 2030
Excluding motorways and provincial roads

Emissions by Source

Buildings 25%
Transportation 18%
Electricity 39%
Industry and Port 18%
As of: 2019

Electricity Mix of The Netherlands

Data available reflects nationwide mix; As of: 2018

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.

Amsterdam’s Climate Neutral Roadmap outlines 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.

Amsterdam Climate Neutral 2050 Programme (Two-Pager)

Amsterdam Climate Neutral 2050 Road Map (Two-Pager)

Amsterdam Climate Neutral 2050 Programme & Roadmap (Complete)

Circular Economy: 2020-2025 Strategy

The city of Amsterdam plans to move towards a circular economy as quickly as possible. To achieve this it is prioritising shifting its value chains in construction, biomass and food, and consumer goods.

Natural Gas-Free Amsterdam

Doughnut Economics: A Thriving City Portrait of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Green Infrastructure Vision 2050

Infographic for Amsterdam Green Infrastructure Vision 2050

Climate Adaptation: Smart Blue Green Roofs

Amsterdam is experiencing the effects of climate change: flash floods due to heavy rainfall, higher temperatures and increased droughts. The RESILIO project aims to address critical urban climate challenges related to flooding, heat, water supply, energy consumption and urban livability by repurposing the rooftops of climate-vulnerable neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. The 10,000m2 area of smart blue green roofs is expected to help the city adapt to climate change by reducing impacts of heavy rain, urban heat island effect and drought while improving building insulation, biodiversity and quality of life.
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