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Amsterdam Smart City


The project's aim is to test smart technologies that save energy and facilitate sustainable choices by people and businesses in the Amsterdam region. It plans to address the twin objectives of energy conservation and CO2 emission reduction on the one hand and innovation-based economic growth on the other hand.

"The project adopts a combined approach to sustainable energy and green business/smart technologies through a large and complementary local partnership.  It has a strong focus on innovation in key energy efficiency areas, grounded in evaluation. The sustainability of the results is likely to assured by the private sector involvement and represents a good example of applied innovation for major EU cities for a sustainable social-economic and urbanistic development with major regional impacts." – RegioStars Jury 2011

The City of Amsterdam, acting in line with the EU’s 20-20-20 climate targets, has set itself even more ambitious goals: to make all municipal organisations climate-impact neutral before 2015 and to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% compared to 1990 by the year 2025. To achieve these goals, the City of Amsterdam has developed an extensive and ambitious Climate Programme titled New Amsterdam Climate.

Serving this programme "Amsterdam, Smart City" has the objective to show how, now and in the future, energy saving can be delivered while promoting innovation-based economic growth by strengthening promising clusters in West Netherlands.

The project is initiated and implemented by the Amsterdam Innovation Motor and the grid operator Liander in close cooperation with the Climate and Energy Office of the City of Amsterdam. 'Amsterdam, Smart City' acts as a catalyst for new innovations in the field of smart energy technologies. Within the project over 50 private firms (multinationals and SME’s) work together with TNO (Dutch Knowledge Institute, a public independent research institute), Housing Co-operations and the Municipality. The project plans to give a major boost to energy conservation, while enterprises active in this field get the opportunity to upscale their solutions.

The activities of the project include building the platform 'Amsterdam, Smart City'; developing and validating at least 12 test-projects in the fields of sustainable housing, working, mobility and public space; sharing knowledge about the project and disseminating results (

Within the pilot projects research is conducted to better understand what changes are achieved. TNO oversees the work assuring robust monitoring and evaluation.  In one pilot project the research is focused on customer behaviour: assessing the effect of an energy display and the effect on the behaviour of customers when detailed usage data is given as feedback. Also the ‘peer-pressure’ effect is being analyzed and research is looking at different ways to approach and reach the customer.

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ERDF from 06/2009 to 04/2011

Total Investment

EUR 3 910 390

EU contribution

EUR 1 564 140


Amsterdam Smart City

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