Almere 2.0 Energy on Upcycling

Almere 2.0 Programme plans, Key Projects and the Almere Urbanisation Fund

Almere has far-reaching ambitions in the fields of energy and waste processing, and we have set the bar high in two particular areas: the aim is to be both energy neutral and waste-free by 2022. Almere will be a city where as much energy as possible is obtained from renewable sources, and where waste is used as a raw material. 

Over the last four decades Almere has grown into a city with a population that now exceeds 200,000, and levels of satisfaction with the city are high among the inhabitants. They love the space, the expansive greenery, the surrounding water and the multi-core structure as envisaged by the original designers.

The Challenge of Growth
Some years ago central government asked Almere to find room for 60,000 new homes. Demand for housing has not eased in recent years. The current crisis will only mean that it will take a little longer for the demand for housing to rise again. The growth of Almere is contributing to the economic development of the so-called "north wing" (Noordvleugel) of the Randstad. While the figures are impressive, growth is really more of a qualitative challenge here.

In response to the challenge laid down by central government Almere drew up the Concept Rijksstructuurvisie (Draft Governmental Structural Vision) in 2009, setting out the manner in which the required growth will be achieved and the conditions to be met. Almere will build on the 1978 vision of the city's Founding Fathers: a city with multiple centres, each with its own identity, surrounded by water and wide green spaces.

Governmental Structural Vision
The Governmental Structural Vision for Amsterdam-Almere-Markermeer was presented at the end of 2013, and is based on an organic approach to development. This means that there is no fixed final destination or completion date for the development, instead we are moving step by step towards the future perspective. Central and regional government have agreed what will be needed in the Noordvleugel in terms of housing, nature and accessibility over the coming years.

Almere Implementation Agreement 2.0 (pdf, 642 Kb) was ratified at the same time, making the implementation of future growth and development in Almere a reality. The financial side of matters was also covered by the Implementation Agreement: central government will be providing a financial contribution to Almere's growth. A major element of this investment will go towards improving the accessibility of the city by road and by rail. The growth of the city will also involve new provision in the areas of culture, sport, the economy, the natural environment and sustainability which together with people, buildings and roads go to make up a socially cohesive, liveable, attractive and healthy city. The Almere Urbanisation Fund brings together the contributions of Central, Provincial and Local government with which this growth is to be financed.

Take a look at the short films about the Almere 2.0 programme planning and the Almere Urbanisation Fund which have made the Upcycle City competition possible.