Circular Construction Sustainability


From 2023 onwards, the City of Amsterdam aims to focus on circular and social criteria when developing buildings and public spaces. Due to the major renovation and construction challenges that Amsterdam faces, we have to get a head start in circular construction as soon as possible. The Amsterdam Circular 2020-2025 Strategy details exactly how the city can realise a circular economy. The main objectives are:


  • by 2030, we will have reduced our use of new raw materials by 50%
  • by 2050, our city will be 100% circular


And as a municipality, we are aiming to adhere to the following interim objectives:


  • by 2022, 10% of the City’s procurement will be circular
  • by 2023, all of the City’s calls for tender within the built-up environment will be circular


To get to that point, we are going to have work hard over the coming years, gaining new experiences in the fields of sustainable and circular construction.


In order to meet our targets, we have to embrace new innovations that will help us accelerate towards a circular economy.


The assignment for startups

Develop an innovative method to stimulate circular construction.



The startup needs to:

  • specialise in construction and a variety of new construction methods (knowledge in circular construction principles is a major advantage);
  • have good knowledge of the materials market;
  • have some experience in sustainable renovation techniques or be able to pitch a ground-breaking idea that will help us reach our goals;
  • propose a solution that is affordable and scalable.


The startup must have basic knowledge and experience in the fields of:

  • climate neutrality (energy-efficient and climate-proof construction);
  • ensuring circular principles (think: bio-based & secondary materials, drafting material passports).


Issued by


  • Department for planning and sustainability (Desirée Bernhardt, Circular Economy programme)