HAARLEM, ENTERS G4 AS ONE OF THE NETHERLANDS MOST SUSTAINABLE LARGE MUNICIPALITIES (>100,000 INHABITANTS) IN 2020

The Netherlands is home to 32 large municipalities which are home to more than 100,000 residents. Shifting trends in society make for escalating location risk! Objectively monitoring value drivers on a municipal level is vital. The Sustainable Location IndeX is developed by Sustainable Capital Group (SCG) to provide you with these insights.

Out of the large municipalities, Haarlem ranks surprisingly high (4th) on the 2020 ranking. This high score leads to a top 1% score on the overall ranking. As a result, commercial and residential properties obtain a low risk profile,  making it an attractive city to occupiers and investors.

Within the large municipalities selection, Amsterdam tops the list, scoring 26% higher than the benchmark. It is followed by Utrecht, The Hague, Haarlem and Rotterdam on a respectable distance.

HIGH SERVICES LEVEL PROVIDING TO LARGE HIGHLY SKILLED WORKING AGE POPULATION

Haarlem’s high position is derived from a high average score in particular on categories Identity, People, Planet.

They rank 12th  in the People category, 9th in the Profit category, 2nd in the Planet category and 6th in the Identity category (out of 32). Individual KPI’s with excellent scores are found on indicators such as Education level, Working Age Population and Service Level. Challenges lie within the roams of, Financial Health of the Municipality, the Number of Students and Agri Food. For these indicators Haarlem ranks relatively low.

The weakest scoring large municipality is Emmen. Further analysis shows that this is mainly caused by a negative future population outlook in 2050, combined with challenging economic circumstances for residents/companies and local governments. This has an adverse effect on the SLIX total score. As previously mentioned, the same analysis shows that Haarlem’s close neighbour Amsterdam, ranks 1st in the total result (<15 min travel time). Amsterdam’s close vicinity attributes positively to Haarlem’s attractiveness.

Individual indicator results make that Haarlem is in compliance with Social Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), drawn up by the United Nations. In order to rank high as a Sustainable City (according to SDG11 standards) a high score on topics such as Income equality, Clean Air, Municipal Waste, Public Transportation and Affordable Housing is necessary.

SUSTAINABLE LOCATION INDEX 2020

This information is based on SCG’s Sustainable Location IndeX 2020 is developed in collaboration with BDResearch. You can find out more about this model here.

Sustainable Capital Group was founded in 2020 to support entrepreneurs and investors in realizing their sustainabilty ambitions. SCG is active in the sectors: Mobility, Real Estate, Agrifood, and Energy.

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