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 UCo
“We zochten een aansprekend thuis in een dynamische en inspirerende omgeving, waarbij zowel consumenten als bedrijven direct kunnen zien en ervaren wie we zijn en wat we doen.”
-Marieke Dekker, Executive Director External Affairs
“Utrecht is in all respects a true student city. The intellectual level associated with this makes it an inspirational environment in which to live and work. This atmosphere is attractive to both national and international companies that wish to base themselves in Utrecht.”
-Rien Nagel, Rabobank
“We have deliberately chosen to stay in Utrecht. The central location and accessibility, both by car and public transport, make the city the best place to have our headquarters.”
-Emlyn van der Wal, Chief Operating Officer at ABN AMRO Lease