Amsterdam is the first city in the world to adopt the doughnut economic model, which means basic needs are met for a good standard of living, while respecting the limits of the planet. The City of Amsterdam is aiming to become a completely emission-free city by 2030 and wants to be fully circular by 2050.

With this in mind, Amsterdam companies and Amsterdammers are aware of their ecological impact and strive to make greener choices. The efforts are paying off – the city topped the Schroders European Sustainable Cities Index 2021, which found Amsterdam’s environmental policies are the best in Europe, and in the same year Time Out ranked the city the second-best in the world thanks to its green credentials.

Beyond environmentally friendly cycling, Amsterdam is home to smart mobility alternatives like Felyx e-scooters and VanMoof electric bikes. The city is also home to the highest concentration of electric vehicle charging points in the world, meaning not only electric car owners, but public buses and delivery vehicles, can move around emissions-free.

Sustainability runs through all sectors, from finance to farming. Even the fashion industry is setting trends. Amsterdam is home to the world’s first museum and startup accelerator dedicated to sustainable fashion, Fashion for Good. And the construction sector is changing old habits too, by making sure new builds meet the highest standards of energy and resource efficiency. Many venues, including hotels, are powered by green energy, have protocols to reduce waste during events, catering options that reduce food miles and other green alternatives.

Learn more about organising a sustainable event in Amsterdam.

BSH Household devices office Park 20|20 Amsterdam Sander van der TorrenThe BSH household appliances offices at Park 20|20, a sustainable business park in the Amsterdam Area

What makes Amsterdam a great place for sustainability events

  • World’s number one for green finance
  • First city to adopt the doughnut economic model to limit climate impact
  • Countless options for sustainable event spaces, social activities and low-waste dining
  • A European leader in climate positive environmental policies
  • An ideal location easily accessible by train

Sustainability events in Amsterdam

Sustainability is a hot topic across many sectors, and conferences in Amsterdam, whether financial, medical or technological, will touch on the subject.

Hosted in Amsterdam, the annual Kingpins Show brings together global leaders and innovators in the denim industry to share ideas and best practices, particularly in making the industry more sustainable. 

Amsterdam also hosts The Impact Days, three days each year when the Netherlands discovers, celebrates, and supports impact entrepreneurs. The aim of this yearly nationwide campaign is to get consumers and organisations to make responsible and conscious purchases.

In May 2023, Amsterdam will host the International Conference on Environment, Climate Change and Human Health

Floriade Expo 2022

Floriade Expo 2022 Aeres University

From 14 April to 9 October 2022, the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo, the international horticultural exposition, is being held in Almere, just outside Amsterdam. It brings together growers, farmers, horticulturalists and innovators from around the world in a series of pavilions and events examining the future of green cities and showcasing sustainable solutions. 

Businesses and international congresses can make use of the unique opportunity to host an event or meeting in these innovative surroundings. There are venues for events for 15 people up to 700 people, as well as catering options and incentive packages such as guided tours. Find out more about business events at Floriade.

Some events are already on the agenda: Water, Energy, Food Nexus Conference (12 May), Nature Conference (17 June) and Green City Conference (29 June).