Amsterdam’s energy problem |
In Amsterdam’s city centre, packed with monuments and protected buildings, there is little space for clean energy infrastructure. Solar panels and other visible interventions are not permitted on historic buildings. Other infrastructure necessary for the transition, such as electricity substations and transformers, are too big to fit in the narrow and dense urban plan.
Aesthetic concerns play a role in much of the wider metropolitan area, too. The IJmeer lake and on-land ‘buffer’ zones, are used for recreation or transport. Many feel that current visions of clean energy infrastructure development in these areas will make them less attractive or useful for other needs of urban dwellers.
There is not enough space on land nor water to meet the electricity demands for the future of the region through renewable sources. Experts call for an integrative spatial approach whereby clean energy demand is reconciled with other pressing urban needs, such as housing and preservation of cultural heritage and natural landscapes.
How can we embed clean energy in the Amsterdam landscape?
WHERE DESIGN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Precisely because we are sharing public space with more and more people in Amsterdam, it must be green and healthy… Entrepreneurship, technology, and creativity make it accessible; participation and customisation make it feasible; solidarity makes it affordable for everyone.”
Amsterdam Coalition Agreement, May 2018
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