The port’s mission is to create pioneering value. The port’s vision for 2030 sees the Amsterdam port area as a dynamic, international metropolis port, which characterizes itself by synergizing the following:
  • port, industry, and circular economy in the city and region;
  • worldwide cargo flows, regional recycling, local energy production, and manufacturing;
  • and logistics and corporate-financial services
By 2030, Port of Amsterdam aims to be among Europe’s top most sustainable ports. It wants to grow through sustainable and socially responsible business practices (CSR). This is not only its responsibility, but also an inspiration for innovation and development of new initiatives.
Port of Amsterdam’s ambition is to add sustainable value by taking initiative, implementing and persevering, in order to contribute to local and international sustainability goals.
It does this at three levels:
  • organization;
  • port; and
  • chain.
Port of Amsterdam is reducing its footprint and investing in being a good employer. It remains committed to reducing the CO2 emissions of its own organization, for example by running its own vessels on cleaner fuels. It also works together with Pantar, a learning-working company for people distanced from the labour market, and with Emma at Work. This is a foundation that helps young people between the ages of 15 and 30 with a chronic illness or physical disability find work.
Port of Amsterdam is working towards a clean, future-proof port and livable environment. It does this for example by encouraging clean shipping, supporting customers and companies in the port in the transition to clean energy and sustainable fuels, and increasing biodiversity in the port area.
Port of Amsterdam is a committed chain partner and feels responsible for the direct and indirect port activities on people and the environment, worldwide. Therefore, it encourages a responsible and sustainable chain — for example, by including this in a location framework for new companies or customers wishing to expand. It also investigates the origin of cargo flows, such as cocoa.
Sustainability is woven into the port’s business operations and an important key theme of its 2021–2025 strategy: to be at the forefront of the transition to a sustainable society.
Port activities involve noise, odour, light and dust. It takes various measures to counter such nuisances and work with customers on innovative solutions. It is also committed to preserving and increasing biodiversity in the port area.
The port plays an important role in realizing the circular economy in Amsterdam. The port is home to many circular parties who give new life to waste, such as plastics but also scrap metal or old sports fields. It connects supply and demand of waste streams and offer start-ups and scale-ups the opportunity to connect with other (circular and biobased) initiatives industries through crossovers.
The Port of Amsterdam has traditionally been an energy port. It wants to remain so. That is why we are encouraging the transition to a post-fossil port and scaling up sustainable energy production and storage of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen. It is also committed to sharply reducing the CO2 emissions of the port and the organization.
Clean shipping plays an important role in the transition to a more sustainable society. In its Clean Shipping Vision, Port of Amsterdam sets goals for reducing CO2 emissions, among other things. Further more, by 2030 sea cruises at the quayside must be emission-free and by 2050 all shipping in the Amsterdam port must be emission-free.
For 750 years, Amsterdam has been an international port and trading centre. A logistics hub, where raw materials and products from all over the world come together for storage, transshipment, processing and transit. Extraction, cultivation, production, transport and/or use of raw materials and goods, can have a negative impact on the environment, ecosystems, living environment or working conditions. That is why we want to promote the sustainability of these chains. We have anchored this aim in our establishment and purchasing policy, and influence it through participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives and active cooperation with chain partners and port-based companies.