The Amsterdam Climate Neutral Roadmap 2050

The Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, Marieke van Doorninck, explains why Amsterdam without a doubt is one of the cities that lead climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Amsterdam has strong ambition to become climate neutral by 2050, with goal of achieving a 55% carbon emissions reduction by 2030.

“Amsterdam is an ambitious and green frontrunner. We want to cut carbon emissions by 95% in 2050, compared to 1990, and to phase out natural gas completely in the city before 2040. As a step on the way, we’ll cut carbon emissions by 55% in 2030. Meanwhile, the Dutch government is aiming for a 49% reduction. We are ahead, and we hope that the government and the EU will follow us”, declares deputy mayor van Doorninck.

She further explains: “The Amsterdam Climate Neutral Roadmap 2050 shows that this energy transition is possible, that it will bring opportunities, and that work in the city is already well underway. But the Roadmap also shows that the transition will be complex and risky.

The Roadmap marks the start of an irreversible, flexible process. The city is engaged in intensive cooperation, experimentation, data-gathering, and learning. We will update the roadmap every year in the future, including the climate budget.”

The roadmap identifies four transition paths with accompanying measures:

  • the built environment,
  • electricity,
  • mobility,
  • harbor and industry.

Amsterdam officials have made detailed calculations for all of the measures, in order to lay a solid foundation for the coming years. In principle, these measures will lead to the intended 55% cut in carbon emissions in 2030, in ten years’ time.

Solar panels project

Amsterdam has a lot of roof surface, and the goal is to use this space optimally to generate sustainable energy. In the longer term, electricity can be generated on roofs for 400,000-500,000 households.

Amsterdam have opted for an approach to inspire citizens and remove obstacles, so the opportunities created by solar energy generation can be used more effectively. The key parties for the generation of solar energy are the owners and users of buildings in the city.

Lots of great projects are underway in the city. There is considerable support among Amsterdam’s citizens. Solar panels have been installed on eighteen schools in Amsterdam Nieuw-west, in partnership with the municipality. These schools have jointly installed 6,000 panels, and fifty other schools are in the pipeline.

Three hundred and sixteen solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Hermitage Amsterdam. This is generating a considerable amount of electricity, comparable to the energy consumption of around thirty households. The Hermitage is the first monumental museum building in the Netherlands to install solar panels. Its monumental status made the process somewhat longer, but not impossible. Much more is possible than you would think.

In addition to the solar energy program, Amsterdam also has ambitious targets for generating wind energy. In the summer of 2019, we had 38 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 66 MW. After the summer, sixteen small wind turbines were removed. Ten large wind turbines will be installed in their place by 2022, bringing the total to 77 MW.

photo: Fentener van Vlissingen / CC BY-SA 3.0