City of Amsterdam

Gemeente Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands with 854,316 inhabitants in the city, and 2,457,296 in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Amsterdam is located in the Western Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. The river Amstel ends in the city centre and connects to a large number of canals that eventually terminate in the IJ. Amsterdam is about 2 metres (6.6 feet) below sea level. The surrounding land is flat as it is formed of large polders. Amsterdam is connected to the North Sea through the long North Sea Canal.

Sustainability is one of Amsterdam’s top priorities. To keep the citizens healthy and ensure a bright future for the city, Amsterdam has to combat waste and pollution. The city government has therefore set a number of clear goals, such as reducing waste and transitioning to a circular economy. Sustainability’s place on the city agenda is no longer up for debate. Instead, the question is: how to get the best results, with whom, and especially, when?

Role in the project

As Coordinator, Amsterdam is responsible for the project management (Workpackage 1). This Workpackage aims at a lean, efficient, effective, sensitive coordination of the consortium based upon sound project and financial management. Amsterdam is involved in other Workpackagess as well.

As one of the Light House Cities, Amsterdam aims to demonstrate the key principles of positive energy districts (PED) within the district of Buiksloterham, with the goal of facilitating large-scale development and implementation of the PEDs in Amsterdam in the future. Within this district, a number of demonstrator sites which feature high performance buildings, smart microgrids, and local energy cooperatives will be connected to create an integrated energy community.


Frans Verspeek

Project Coordinator