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).
“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 Genmab
“In Utrecht it is quicker and easier to find young talent, knowledge based industry is attracted by the university, which is a bonus for new business; in short: a wonderful city for your company.”
-Eduard Schaepman, Chief Tribes
“Utrecht is an attractive location for businesses with it being a metropole yet compact in size and with a beautiful historic city centre. As a typical student city it continuously attracts new talent, creating an annual influx of qualified workers that oftentimes stay in the region to live and work.”
-Anne-Lize van Dusseldorp, Sustainability Manager
“Deutsche Windtechnik is Europe’s largest independent maintenance company for wind turbines. Utrecht was a logical starting point for the European expansion of Deutsche Windtechnik: centrally located and excellent accessibility for customers and employees.”
– Geert Timmer, Managing Director Deutsche Windtechnik