By 2025, the Amsterdam Area aims to be a frontrunner in the field of smart solutions for resource conservation, so valuable resources will be used more efficiently and for longer. At the same time, this will enable the region to realise innovation and new industry.
In the present economic system, we still largely make products that are discarded as waste, often after a single use. With a growing world population and a high rate of consumption, this is not sustainable. It puts intense pressure on our economy, environment and everyday surroundings. The aim of the Amsterdam Economic Board, in collaboration with government, industry and universities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, is that in the future, products, components, materials and resources should be retained in the economic system for as long as possible. The use of resources should be minimised; products and materials should be designed with as long a lifespan as possible; and they should be repaired, re-used, and recycled so the materials can be used to make similar products. This should be achieved using renewable sources of energy and based on systems thinking.
What exactly do we mean by a circular economy?
Every participant in the economy, whether a business, organisation or individual, is connected with the other participants. Together they form a network in which the actions of one player affect the other players. To take account of this, in decision-making it is crucial to consider both short- and long-term consequences, and the impact of the entire value chain, and to endeavour to create a more resilient and adaptive system that is effective at every scale.
A circular economy.
In the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, we’re working hard on it.
Smart solutions to conserve resources
Our region is buzzing with circular activity, from circular startups and scale-ups to smart design, ownership-to-sharing concepts, and circular area development. They all have the same aim: finding smart solutions for conserving resources.
By 2025, the Amsterdam Area aims to be a frontrunner in the field of smart solutions for resource conservation, so valuable resources will be used more efficiently and for longer. At the same time, this will enable the region to realise innovation and new industry. Why is the transition to a circular economy important to the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?
To fulfil the ambitions and aims for 2025, the Board decided to focus efforts on high-quality recycling. We are working on two programmes to accelerate the circular transition: