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Achieving Sustainable Food Systems in Amsterdam: What is the Municipality’s strategy?

Achieving a circular economy

The municipality of Amsterdam (or Gemeente ) has the ambition to create a fully circular economy within the city by the year 2050. A circular economy, as opposed to a linear economy, is a system in which no waste from supply chains or consumption is generated: any residual materials from production, sales or individual expenditures are re-used and fed back into the cycle. The municipality’s target for 2030 is already to halve the use of new raw materials within the city (citation). But how can Amsterdam’s progress be tracked? Well, the municipality has implemented a circular monitor, which is a series of charts that show the weight of raw materials wasted or re-used overtime as well as CO2 emissions generated by respective categories of materials produced/consumed.

Veganism and Organic Waste in the context of a circular economy

The Amsterdam municipality recognises food and organic waste streams as one of the three value chains of focus for achieving a circular economy. The following three key ambitions are featured in the circular economy policy:

  • Short food chains that provide a robust sustainable food system

  • Healthy and sustainable food for the people of Amsterdam