Faced with the challenges of flooding and managing a lot of activity in a small country, the Netherlands has developed the expertise to solve many of the big challenges that communities around the world face today, including climate change, rising water, population growth, urbanization and transportation issues.
The Netherlands is moving ever closer to an economic system that focuses on the re-usability of products and raw materials, minimizing wasted energy and resources. The Dutch exchange their ideas on the “circular economy” around the world.
As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands had to find ways to use every bit of the land- and cityscape. Thanks to clever multi-functional architectural designs, the use of advanced technology, green business practices, and smart transportation, Dutch cities are future-proof and resilient.
Counting more bikes than people, the Netherlands takes full advantage of this healthy, low-cost, and green method of transportation. The Dutch are experts on how to safely integrate bikes in city infrastructure, and are proud of their modern bicycle transportation networks.
Dutch experts found ways to make roads more sustainable and interactive by creating road signs that adapt to traffic and weather conditions. Dutch solar techniques can even transform roads in energy generators that can be used for traffic lights or charging electric cars.
The Dutch constantly look for technology-driven solutions that can improve citizens' quality of life and that address urban challenges in the field of energy, security, waste management, and transportation.
As urban populations grow, the need to produce food locally will grow. Given that nearly 25 square miles of sustainable, energy-efficient greenhouses cover the Netherlands landscape, the Dutch expertise in urban farming will prove crucial in feeding the population.
The Dutch are experts in green building, which has led to the widespread presence of energy-neutral houses, healthier work and living spaces, and sustainable technologies in the Netherlands. The Dutch government has mandated that from 2020 forward, all new construction in the Netherlands will be climate-neutral.
A secure community is resilient and able to adapt to environmental changes brought on through climate change. The Dutch approach to building resilient communities involves building a network of dikes and levees, and designing city- and landscapes that can accommodate inclement weather.
The Netherlands is working hard on the future when it comes to transportation. The country is a testing ground for self-driving cars and invests heavily in electric vehicles, moving the Netherlands further away from dependency on fossil fuels.