Smart cities in the Netherlands

The latest instalment of the blog series based on our smart cities in Europe, enabling innovation report takes a look at the findings on smart cities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is making progress in implementing smart cities.

Research by the European Parliament places the country in its second tier of European countries that have successfully implemented smart cities, meaning 51-75% of its cities with a population over 100,000 have at least one smart city initiative.*

The survey data indicates that the Netherlands outranks other European countries in terms of its commitment to integrate intelligent transport systems – 56% of Dutch survey respondents indicated that the roll-out of intelligent transport systems is a priority for its transport authorities, compared with a European average of 46%.

In contrast, the Netherlands ranks slightly below the rest of Europe in terms of its acceptance of smart meters – 27% of survey participants based in the Netherlands believe that energy consumers generally understand and are convinced by the benefits of installing smart meters, compared with a Europe-wide average of 31%.


In April 2014, the Netherlands announced plans to install 15 million smart gas and electricity meters by 2020 as part of its national roll-out programme. This followed a pilot of 600,000 meters that has been running since 2012. However, the majority (55%) of survey respondents do not believe this target will be met.

Amsterdam, the country’s capital, is furthest ahead in rolling out smart city initiatives. In 2009 the Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) programme was established. It is a partnership of businesses, public authorities and research institutions that work together to make the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area a sustainable and more environmentally friendly living environment. When established, the primary focus of ASC was to develop, test and then introduce energy smart technologies and initiatives capable of contributing to the city’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2025 compared with 1990 levels. Since then, the ASC has evolved to promote a range of smart initiatives, including ‘smart mobility’, ‘smart living’ and ‘smart society’. Since its inception, the ASC has grown to over a hundred partners involved in more than fifty projects.

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* European Parliament Policy Department (January 2014), “Mapping Smart Cities in the EU”

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