Amsterdam 2050: A gas free city

Amsterdam will not use any natural gas anymore to heat its buildings in 2050. A bold strategy to achieve this ambitious goal has been announced by the municipality last week. The city will work together with housing corporations, the tenants association and gas grid and district heating operators on this mayor transition. Already next year, in 2017, the first 10.000 households will be appointed to change to another source of heating.

Many newly built areas already do not have a gas network anymore. The largest challenge is to disconnect existing buildings, while the costs for households need stay the same. The city is learning by doing which alternatives work best where: a heating network, individual solutions, all electric or geothermal heating of buildings and tap water. The people in Amsterdam will need to stop cooking on gas too.

To enable this transition regulatory barriers need to be broken down by the national government. The city also looks for help to finance this transition.

Links with City-zen

  • The City-zen research of the University of Amsterdam and DNV GL into legal and economic barriers of energy transition will help to formulate new regulations and business models for the post-gas period.
  • The highly ambitious renovations supported via City-zen show a wide range of solutions to become ‘gas free’. The roadmap for Amsterdam by TU Delft will help to define solutions.
  • Consortium partners Alliander, AEB and WestpoortWarmte are key players to make Amsterdam free of gas.

More info (in Dutch)

  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we've learned by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Achieved Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid