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LEAP – Lower Energy Acceleration Program

In the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA) we are working hard on a smart, green and healthy living environment. In the light of the Climate Agreement that was presented in June 2019, drastic changes are in the pipeline. Part of the approach is the Energy Transition, with energy saving as an important step.

The progressive digitization of our society means that we generate, send and store more and more data. Data centers facilitate this data traffic, while the IT hardware and software are often owned by customers. Due to the growth in data usage, the demand for electrical energy is increasing. It is expected that the future required capacity will increase sharply in 2030 compared to the current installed capacity.

Energy initiative LEAP is born

The Amsterdam Economic Board , NLdigital , Green IT Amsterdam , RVO and the Omgevingsdienst Noordzeekanaal to be LEAP (Lower Energy Acceleration Program) started to further optimize energy efficiency of data use with the help of ICT. Research shows it is possible.

The purpose of LEAP is to exploit the energy-saving potential of ICT within data centers and thus accelerate the pace towards the sustainable digital economy. We want to offer perspective for the use of (new) techniques and accelerate developments that can lead to energy reduction with the help of ICT in organizations that have a lot of data traffic. Collaboration with the entire chain is required to achieve this. LEAP wants to join forces to make a difference. You are cordially invited to participate.

Invitation to collaboration

With LEAP we want to show that cooperation leads to energy savings. And that optimization of energy use offers room for growth. Making a difference and taking steps forward together with hardware manufacturers, business customers, IT administrators, data centers, government, knowledge institutions, start-ups and consumers, that is the intention.

If your organization has a lot of data traffic and a significant energy demand and if you are or want to be active in making this energy efficient and sustainable, we invite you to participate. Or do you use / do you know a state-of-the-art innovation in this field that can deliver significant energy savings and is scalable? Join !

How do we work together?

Together with front runners, we form a Coalition of the Willing in which the entire chain is represented. In addition to the initiating parties Amsterdam Economic Board, NLdigital, Green IT Amsterdam, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the North Sea Canal Area Environment Agency, companies and knowledge institutions from the entire chain are represented in the coalition: Albert Heijn, Alliander, Asperitas,, Dell Technologies, Deloitte, Municipality of Almere, Municipality of Amsterdam, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Interxion, Iron Mountain, KPN, NEP The Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Rabobank, Red Hat, Royal Schiphol Group, SURFsara, TU Eindhoven, VMware and VU University Amsterdam. This initiative is also supported by the Dutch Datacenter Association . We expect that even more parties will join LEAP in the future.

Together with leaders from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, we will be working on two tracks:

  1. Achieve energy savings of between 20% – 40% by 2022
  2. Accelerating energy savings in the longer term (> 5 years) through innovative solutions


In order to determine what we can do to achieve energy savings, we determine the energy impact of current technological solutions in various pilots. We initially focus on power management on servers. The pilots serve as examples and inspiration. Think of cases at energy companies, banks, municipalities, telecom companies. In all cases, it will concern organizations that have their IT servers partly in-house and partly external. This allows us to investigate whether we can actually utilize the savings potential of ICT servers.

The results of the pilots provide insight into the potential energy savings and should raise awareness among IT managers of customers at data centers. In addition, it offers the sector a perspective for action and encourages change. And, not unimportantly, the social debate is being fueled.


In a parallel track, we are investigating together how innovation can achieve even more energy savings in the coming years. Further cooperation in the chain is necessary to accelerate development and to build on the future generation of ICT within data centers. We stimulate the creation of an ecosystem of mutually cooperating innovative parties.

Knowing more?

Read the LEAP leaflet and join this initiative by connecting with Marjolein Bot , Challenge Lead Energy.