Shaping a sharing economy that works

Amsterdam sharing economy action plan Shaping a sharing economy that works


The need - Sharing economy solutions can drive new business opportunities and generate social benefits. However, if not managed appropriately in relation to the local context, unintended negative consequences might arise - such as a reduction in long-term rental accommodation availability.

The solution - Amsterdam’s Sharing Economy Action Plan outlines five pillars to focus on: supporting pilot projects, leading by example, extending the sharing economy to all Amsterdam residents, developing rules and regulations, and establishing a sharing city. It addresses multiple opportunity areas including housing, office space and product sharing, and transport.

The outcomes - The action plan supports Amsterdam to ensure:

  • This new market has the freedom to innovate and grow
  • The city’s citizens and visitors, and businesses have increased access and use of resources in the city
  • Unintended adverse effects are mitigated

How does the initiative support the transition to a circular economy? - The sharing economy opens up opportunities to make better use of materials and resources. This happens at the community level where sharing platforms such as Peerby make sharing of things possible. By making better use of existing resources, fewer products need to be produced and processed as waste.

Explore more about Circular Economy in Cities

This case study belongs to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy in Cities suite of online resources, which acts as a reference point for urban policymakers on the circular economy. It draws out opportunities in three key urban systems - buildings, mobility, and products - and looks at how city governments can enable a circular economy transition.

Five modules aim to answer the critical questions on this topic:

  • Vision: What will the implementation of circular economy principles in cities look like?
  • Factsheets: What are the circular economy opportunities in key urban systems and what benefits can a circular economy transition bring?
  • Policy levers: What can urban policymakers do to accelerate this transition?
  • Case studies: What examples are there of urban policymakers already putting this into action?
  • Other networks & resources: What are other organisations doing on the topic of circular economy and cities?

Amsterdam - case study


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