Sustainability

At Amsterdam Science Park, we are working to create a sustainable future. Our diverse range of disciplines and cross-section of research and industry is making impressive strides towards sustainable solutions.

Working together for sustainability

The search for sustainable solutions calls for a broad vision, diversity, co-creation and thinking across disciplines. And that’s what’s happening at Amsterdam Science Park. We address the most urgent challenges facing the world today.

From climate change to resource scarcity, sustainability issues are multi-faceted. To tackle them, we need to join forces. At Amsterdam Science Park, chemists, physicists, ecologists, biologists, computer and data scientists all work on sustainability projects. This allows us to jointly tackle projects such as renewable energy, climate prediction and new materials. We also work in the fields of biofuels, seed breeding, water management and crop resistance.

Chemistry comes full circle

One of the current initiatives is the University of Amsterdam’s pioneering work in the field of sustainable chemistry. The aim for sustainable chemistry is to go circular. Traditionally, the discipline focuses on improving linear production processes – circular chemistry means aiming for substances to be reused. New findings in the field can be of great use for businesses. They are pointing to a new, sustainable and socially responsible way of doing business.

The promise of solar fuels

Renewable energy is another key research area. Interdisciplinary teams at several institutions – AMOLF, the University of Amsterdam and ECN – are inventing the solar cell of the future. University of Amsterdam researchers are also working on solar fuels. With solar fuels, natural energy is derived from sunlight, CO2 and water. They are expected to become a serious alternative to fossil fuels by around 2030.

Green agriculture and water preservation

Other teams are busy shaping tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture. Research at the Amsterdam Green Campus centres on making crops naturally resistant, creating healthier soils and minimising waste streams. Water management is yet another vital environmental area where Amsterdam Science Park is shaping the future. Research focuses on water quality, water ecosystems and the effects of climate change on the oceans.

Prof. dr. Gadi Rothenberg, Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis & Sustainable Chemistry “We try to make the world more green and more environmental friendly ”

Environmental data expertise

Understanding environmental change is crucial to minimising its impact and maximising the effectiveness of sustainable strategies. That’s where data scientists from the Netherlands eScience Center and CWI come in. Subjects of multidisciplinary studies include the prediction of floods and droughts and the impact of sustainable energy use.

Educating future generations

The Future Planet Studies programme trains students to view climate issues from an interdisciplinary point of view. Students of earth sciences look at issues such as soil and water pollution in the same interdisciplinary way. In physics and chemistry, too, students receive an interdisciplinary education that enables them to take a broad view.

Prof. Polman, Lead researcher of photonic materials “Our research is about the conversion of sunlight to electricity. We need partners to integrate our inventions  in something practical. ”

Sustainable innovations for multinationals

Several multinationals are already here, tapping into Amsterdam Science Park’s knowledge network on their way to sustainable innovations. They include Akzo Nobel, BASF, Cargill, Michelin, Pepsico, Shell and Waternet.

How can we help you?

Looking for partners to collaborate. Or looking for a certain expertise? Or would you like to locate your business in the Amsterdam Science Park? Drop us a line and we help you to find a perfect match.

Community Building & Partnerships

Margo Keizer

+31 (0)20 820 80 60 mkeizer@amsterdamsciencepark.nl