In addition, the city officials commit to having all electricity that powers the system coming from renewable sources.
Dutch cities are iconic symbols of sustainability. The extensive network of bike lanes, coupled with high tech traffic systems that give priority to everyone pedaling a two-wheeler, allow easy, fast, green and very convenient way to reach virtually any location within any city.
The city officials of the capital city Amsterdam, however, are far from feeling relaxed about the situation. Their ambitions go way beyond many other places in the world can even begin to imagine, and the best part of it all is that in Amsterdam they can really make it all happen.
Of course, there is no better place to start from when you want to green up a city than its public transport an traffic system. Adding to the bikes and electric trams, here come the electric buses. The latest plan is to replace all diesel buses with all-electric ones that will be fully powered with renewable energy by 2025. The phasing out begins in two years time, when the first 40 electric buses will hit the road.
The officials are not planning any experiments or pilot projects. They are simply going all in, wasting no time or money on testing a system that will surely work.
Electrifying the public bus network, however, is not the only initiative on the agenda for improving Amsterdam’s sustainability. Last month, the Mayor’s office outlined key improvements that have to be introduced as part of the city council’s Sustainability Agenda.
These include an increase of at least 92,000 households that use locally-generated sustainable electricity by 2020. In addition, there are plans for energy saving and connecting existing houses to district heating systems. Other initiatives address integration of greener technologies, improvement of air quality, and defining greater number of low emission zones throughout the city, among others.
Thumbs up, Amsterdam. Go ahead, and set the example- others will follow shortly, there is no doubt about it.
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