Amsterdam panorama (Credit: Skyscanner)

Amsterdam — The leading Smart City

Energy Travel Guides — Europe, Cycling & Greener living

We’ve now covered two places in our energy travel guide. New York and Rural China. Two contrasting places in terms of lifestyle, culture and even energy consumption. To summarise in Rural China, the key is in “rural” their main industry is agriculture, with the main mode of transport being motorcycle or public transit. In comparison, New York’s Time Square, consumes millions in electricity on daily advertising and probably flock twice as many tourists throughout the week. However, similarities include public transit, locals and tourist on both corners of the world rely on public transport to get around (and visit other) major cities.

This weeks location — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In this weeks post, we’ve headed over to Amsterdam to soak in the European culture, looking at the buildings, the industry that makes the city, the most preferred transport and what they’re doing to improve energy efficiency.

The reason we’ve chosen Amsterdam for this weeks post is because they have one of highest cycling and pedestrian congestion rates in Europe, possibly in the world. 67% of all trips in the centre of Amsterdam are taken on foot or by bicycle. To be clear there are approximately 10,000 bikes parked anywhere in the city from canal banks to outside the central train station.

Europe’s Leading Smart City

In recent years Amsterdam as taken steps to become one of Europe’s leading Smart cities. The organisation Amsterdam Smart City is just one of the many organisations focused on presenting a Smarter, energy efficient city from creating an “urban laboratory” for the use of open data, increased mobility and a better quality of life for residents and tourists. They operate a number of projects from Smart parking to developing in home energy storage.

In addition, the organisation Start Up Village, an innovative science park for tech start ups & entrepreneurs to base themselves. Currently around 130 start ups and organisations are based on the Science Park and there is an ongoing project to completely power the centre on renewable energy.

Imagine creating a virtual power plant. Well in Amsterdam some of the residents have done just that. They’ve developed in home energy infrastructure to present a cost effective, more efficient approach to energy consumption.

Similar to this, another project in Amsterdam is to create a Smart Stadium. For the football supporters out there, the Amsterdam Arena is the next step to creating a smarter way of life in the Netherlands. The organisation have partnered with a number of startups and leading brands to improve the customer journey, safety & security and facilities management. They are still searching for more partners.

There are many European cities that are taking steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of pollution. However, Amsterdam are clearly the leading city when it comes to innovation and providing the resources to progress with the development of a Smarter environment and a better standard of living.