Facts & Figures

By Raymond Biesinger (illustration)

Smart city


The Amsterdam Smart City platform serves as a kind of project exchange, where ideas and innovations geared to transforming the city in the coming years are pooled. These are classified into categories ranging from infrastructure and technology, through energy, water & waste, as well as mobility, to governance & education. Plus, citizens are just as welcome to contribute as companies and institutions.

Pedal power


At Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, you are responsible for generating your own electricity: Those in transit at the airport use bicycles to generate electricity to recharge their electronic devices.

Amsterdam has big plans for the future: Its target is a reduction in urban CO₂ emissions by 45 percent, compared with 2012 levels, by 2025. By then, the target is for public transport to be producing zero emissions. To this end, the city wants to replace all current public transport vehicles with electrically powered ones.

Vehicle to grid


In Amsterdam, there are a number of charging stations that use vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G) to charge electric cars and feed power back into the grid. As part of the City-zen program, the pilot project aims to create more energy-efficient cities.