Agreement for a more durable Zuidas (Amsterdam)Bart van der Voorn
Buildings on Zuidas (Amsterdam) are already using 20% less energy than the average building in the Netherlands. This can however still be improved.
This is what the Green Business Club Zuidas, Hello Zuidas and the City Council of Amsterdam are writing in the Durability report Zuidas 2015 that was presented on 13th April. The companies and organisations that are situated here took many steps in 2015 to improve the durability of the area. New biking facilities were introduced, new durable office and living premises were finalised, heat and cold storage applications were installed and solar panels were installed.
In 2015 a large group of companies expresses their ambition to realise the most durable business and living environment of Europe in 2020. These ambitions are listed in the Ambition Statement GBC Zuidas 2015 that was signed by more than 25 different parties. Zuidas is the only developing location in the Netherlands that publishes yearly durability report.
Research from the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in 2015 showed that buildings are responsible for 36 percent of the total CO2 emissions. And half of these are office buildings. The Amsterdam council demands high durability performance from investors: a new building must at least have a Breeam Excellent-label to get the go-ahead for Zuidas.
Most durability measures are however not demands from the authorities but are introduced from the companies themselves. The Edge, the building that amongst others houses Deloitte for example produces more energy than it uses. The Edge and the main office of ABN Amro recently received an important international durability price for their offices: ABN Amro the Breeam In-Use Award for existing office buildings and the Edge the Breeam Award for the most durable new office building.