The Westergasfabriek has taken the first step to realise its ambition to become a completely ‘green’ and sustainable park. The Amsterdam City Executive has approved the Westergasfabriek’s request for funding from the Climate Fund for this purpose. This money will be used to make the monumental buildings more sustainable. The Climate Fund was set up by the City of Amsterdam to help projects that benefit the energy transition in the city and to reduce CO2 emissions. The funding takes the form of a loan which must be paid back in instalments.
This support from the Climate Fund will enable the Westergasfabriek to invest in extra insulation and to make the transition to 100% LED lighting in all of the buildings. In addition to this, in January 2014 the Westergasfabriek switched to green electricity in collaboration with several other cultural institutions in Amsterdam.
From Gasworks to Green Works
When it reopened in 2003, the Westergasfabriek had undergone a complete metamorphosis. The polluted site was cleaned up and turned into a beautiful park, a real asset for the city. The Westergasfabriek is seen far and wide as a reference project for redevelopment.
The Westergasfabriek is now keen to complete this transition from brownfield to greenfield site and to do all it can to become a completely ‘green’ and sustainable park. From old energy provider to new energy provider: not just energy in terms of gas and electricity, but energy in the sort of events we host and the energy we impart to visitors through our green ambitions.
In order to realise the sustainable character of the park, the Westergasfabriek works closely together with businesses, local authorities, and cultural and knowledge institutions. The Westergasfabriek is keen to provide opportunities for its partners to demonstrate sustainable developments in the fields of energy, waste, food and technology to all visitors to the park.