Healthy Urban Living is the central theme of the city and region. Utrecht’s sustainability and health care ambitions are exceptional. The city wants to be entirely energy-neutral by 2030 and is making solar energy mandatory for all new housing development. The inner city will soon only be accessible for electric cars and even the city buses will soon be electric. In a global Arcadis survey (2016), Utrecht received the highest score for ‘Planet’ and the highest overall score for ‘People-planet-profit’ out of all large cities in the Netherlands.
The largest knowledge institutes, educational institutes and specialised companies, focusing on sustainability and climate can be found in Utrecht. Such as Deltares, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the National Institute for Publlic Health and the Environment (RIVM), Utrecht Sustainability Institute and Utrecht University. There are various hubs in the city that focus on innovative sustainability, such as Eneco Energy Campus, Jaarbeurs Innovation Mile, the Social Impact Factory and Utrecht Community (UCo).
“The cooperation with the city’s municipality was decisive in the choice to locate the main office of Except and UCo in Utrecht. Their input was essential for the initial set up. With their ongoing support, dedication and effort UCo is now a reality and Europe’s first energy neutral, healthy, sustainable office in a monument.”
– Tom Bosschaert, Initiator und Founder UCoRead more
“Genmab regards Utrecht Science Park as a unique ecosystem, where innovation actively leads to breakthroughs in the development of new medicines.”
-Yvo Graus, Vice President Pre-Clinical Operations at GenmabRead more
“We work solely with partners and resellers that are spread throughout the Netherlands. This makes Utrecht the ideal base. Central and easily accessible, also for our international guests and colleagues. ”
-René Hochstenbach, General Manager at UnifyRead more
“We found an attractive home for the employees of two merging companies in a dynamic and inspiring setting, where customers and companies can experience directly who we are and what we do.”
-Marieke Dekker, Executive Director External AffairsRead more