July 16, 2015

Circular Amsterdam

Project overview

An analysis of key opportunities for circular resource flows for the Metropole area of Amsterdam.

Opportunities for a Circular Amsterdam

Client: Municipality of Amsterdam

Partners: Circle Economy

Date delivered: August, 2013



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Project Description

Cities are large sinks for key resources like water, energy, and material goods globally. Within the greater metropole of Amsterdam are Europe’s 5th largest sea port, and one of Europe’s busiest airports. Huge volumes of material goods from bulk shipments to consumer products flow through these logistics nodes every day. It is increasingly important for cities to look for solutions in how to use and handle resources in a more efficient way, and identify opportunities for symbiotic exchanges and high value reuse of materials.

As a quick scan, we conducted an analysis of the types and volumes of key resource flows, including energy, water and nutrients, and agricultural flows and constructed a set of maps showing a handful of opportunities for closing these resource loops.


System Mapping:

There are a few key resources that are critical for the proper functioning of any city. these are primarily energy and water. In addition to these, we also identified some of the resource flows that are unique to Amsterdam. Surrounding the metropole region are agricultural industries, and the Port of Amsterdam is one of Europe’s largest fuel ports. In a set of conceptual material flow maps, we explored a number of opportunities for closing resource loops between the main areas within Amsterdam’s metropole area.


We produced a set of resource flow maps, highlighting opportunities on how to close some of the key resources within the metropole area of Amsterdam.