Renewable energy and cleantech industry in Amsterdam

With 60% of the Netherlands below sea level and global temperatures at 1C warmer than pre-industrial times, the climate crisis poses a substantial, urgent challenge here and abroad. The Amsterdam Area’s burgeoning renewable energy and cleantech sectors provide opportunities for companies to make a significant impact.

What makes the Amsterdam Area a great place for renewable energy?

The Netherlands is lauded for its transition readiness, infrastructure, business environment, and political commitment when it comes to the energy transition. Yet, there is still a long way to go to meet the nation’s 2050 net-zero goal. For innovative companies looking to make a powerful difference in the future of energy, there are amazing opportunities in the Amsterdam Area. 

The Amsterdam Area is a significant fuel hub: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the busiest airports in Europe, and the Port of Amsterdam is a market leader in coal, oil and kerosene. Both of these hubs have clear ambitions to be better ports, powered by cutting edge investments in decarbonised and energy efficient aviation, renewable fuels for shipping and far-reaching (offshore) wind energy and infrastructure strategies to accommodate large scale imports and uses of energy vectors.

There is a lot of knowledge here already: not only is the Amsterdam Area home to many national and international companies such as Schneider Electric, Vattenfall, Vandebron and Neste, but also to the EU office of the Carbon Trust. Political ambitions back up opportunities with key schemes such as the national FiT/CfD scheme SDE++, and significant tax breaks for investments in energy, climate and resource efficiency. 

Next to that, the Amsterdam Area is an attractive place for international talent. Approximately 150,000 people work in the energy sector in the Netherlands, and 90% of the Dutch population speak English.

What makes the Amsterdam Area a great place for cleantech? 

As an already booming startup and scaleup hub, the Amsterdam Area has a high density of connected entrepreneurs, innovators, universities and businesses rolling out smart solutions to continuously improve our environment. There is a lot of potential for growth here: Amsterdam Science Park, Impact Hub, and SDG House are a few of the concentrated areas in the region where expertise and innovation spark viable climate solutions. Collaboration is key to the Dutch way of doing business - with successful examples as The Great Bubble Barrier, Fastned and Land Life Company making an impact worldwide. 

In addition, excellent digital connectivity, a thriving tech scene, and rapid access to major European markets make the Amsterdam Area an ideal place to innovate and scale.

It’s clear the Amsterdam Area is committed to addressing the climate crisis – and championing the companies ready for the challenge.

  • Amsterdam is the first city in the world to embrace the Doughnut Model
  • Top 10 in WEF's Energy Transition Index 2021 for transition readiness
  • Key financial schemes to help businesses innovate
  • International outlook: 180 different nationalities, plus more than 90% of Dutch people speak English 
  • Circular material use rate is the highest in Europe (30%)
  • In the Netherlands, 150,000 people work in both the energy and environment sectors

Set up in Amsterdam

Are you searching for a location for your European office or do you want to know more about your potential market in the Amsterdam Area? As the region’s official foreign investment agency, amsterdam inbusiness can help international businesses enjoy a soft landing in the Amsterdam Area, including arranging fact-finding visits and providing market intelligence. Get in touch with a member of the team:

Gilles Dillen, Senior Manager foreign investments, Renewable Energy and Cleantech

Gilles Dillen

Senior Manager Foreign Investments: Renewable Energy & Cleantech


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