Year 2019 Apply

Green deliveries & waste collection for businesses

 

Background:

We want to cut waste and pollution throughout the city and make sure every neighbourhood is liveable for the locals. The municipality wants to push forward faster towards sustainability, but it needs help. Accelerating the transition calls for new ways of thinking and determined cooperation with universities, businesses and Amsterdammers. The Sustainability Agenda sets out the city’s aims for a rapid shift towards sustainability:

  • 20/20/20: In 2020, 20% more sustainable energy will be generated per member of the population and 20% less energy will be used than in 2013.
  • To improve air quality, as much traffic as possible will be zero emission.
  • A circular economy will be set in motion with new forms of production, distribution and consumption.
  • Amsterdam will be climate-proof by 2020.
  • By 2020, 65% of household waste will be sorted.

Every area of Amsterdam is different, so each needs a different approach to boost sustainability. The De Pijp and Rivierenbuurt districts are full of cafes and restaurants, as well as other shops and businesses – particularly in the northern part of De Pijp, but also on streets and squares south of Ceintuurbaan and in the Rivierenbuurt. At the same time, the streets are narrow and there’s very little space for all the different functions that are needed: pavement cafes, collections and deliveries, pedestrians, cyclists, cars and green space. With more efficient systems for deliveries and waste collection, businesses can contribute to making the area more sustainable, cutting traffic levels and reducing the need for waste containers taking up pavement space in De Pijp and Rivierenbuurt.

 

 The Challenge:

Come up with a smart solution for cleaner and more efficient deliveries and waste collection for businesses

 

Criteria:

  • Cleaner and more efficient deliveries (a lot of vans drive through De Pijp, producing exhaust fumes and taking up space for loading and unloading) and waste collection (containers are often left blocking the narrow pavements for a long time).
  • Explore how to encourage businesses to commit to sustainability. What’s in it for them?

 

Issued by: Gebiedsteam de Pijp en Rivierenbuurt, Verkeer en Openbare Ruimte