Clean municipal trucks – closed



Amsterdam has high ambitions for reducing CO2, NOx and fine particles emissions. The city is at the forefront of the transition to zero-emission mobility.

The City of Amsterdam has about 1200 official vehicles in use, of which they own 600 vehicles that are used to clean the streets, collect waste, tow cars, landscape greens and parks etc. Because of these diverse tasks, the fleet is built up of diverse and sometimes unusual vehicles, such as garbage trucks, road sweepers, mowers and flushing trucks. There are around 130 garbage trucks, 400 cleaning trucks and 70 paving machines in use.

The municipality is a frontrunner for zero-emission mobility. The ambition is currently to have a zero-emission fleet by 2025. However, the market is not yet able to supply zero-emission alternatives for all types of vehicles.

The City of Amsterdam would like to start with a pilot of making their garbage vehicles emission-free.


The Challenge:

Come up with an innovative solution to make the municipal’s (garbage) vehicles emission-free



  • The solutions can be applied to municipal garbage trucks.
  • Preferably the solution for zero-emission garbage trucks can be scaled to other trucks in the city.
  • The solution doesn’t target the 600 passenger cars that the municipality leases.


Issued by: Afval & Grondstoffen