Under the umbrella of its Zero Emissions Cities (ZEC) project, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its member companies Accenture, Arcadis, DNV GL, ENGIE, Schneider Electric, and UPS have joined forces with the municipality of Amsterdam and local partners including Amsterdam ArenA, TNO and ING to develop an implementation strategy for selected zero emissions energy initiatives in Amsterdam Zuidoost.
The partnership engages stakeholders to develop concrete actions towards achieving a shared zero emissions cities vision. The ZEC project is helping the Amsterdam municipality become more efficient at achieving its sustainability goals by encouraging local stakeholders to coordinate and finance their sustainability initiatives through a central organization in Zuidoost: ZO Energy.
ZO Energy is aligning local stakeholders on collaborative sustainability initiatives around the zero emissions approach. The revenues from these activities will be reinvested in ZO Energy as the central organization for the area. Amsterdam ArenA’s Utility Hub initiative is the first result of this multi-stakeholder collaboration.
The Energy Hub will help Zuidoost move toward shared use of energy resources and infrastructures. A feasibility study on energy for ArenA and ING’s new headquarters will be conducted to analyze the best approach. More stakeholders are invited to join this hub.
The Municipality of Amsterdam and WBCSD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 8 June at the Smart City Event in Amsterdam to formalize this new partnership.