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Cities are faced with the challenge of offering an attractive and viable environment that is clean and sustainable. The ´smart city´ concept stands for an approach where intelligent and innovative solutions are conceived as a response to these challenges of our cities.

A great deal of information comes together in a smart city. Digital tools, services and processes are used in order to improve the way we all live or work in a city. The ´smart city´ applications affect several areas, such as energy and sustainability, mobility, (port) logistics, social interaction and numerous urban services.

It is expected that 66% of the world´s population will be living in cities by 2050.

AVR, embedded in major urban deltas, is also playing a prominent role in this process on several levels. After all, a densely populated area produces a lot of waste, for which a clean solution must be found, day after day. We produce local sustainable energy and heat from residual waste and then deliver it to the nearby city. This isn’t a mass solution, but custom-tailored work. Industry asks for energy with a high temperature and high pressure, while households need lower-temperature energy. Residential areas can generate local energy, and city centres with a lot of high-rise buildings and activity benefit from energy from different sources in the immediate vicinity due to the high demand.     

With its partners, AVR offers a structural solution for all these kinds of demands and needs of society. For both waste processing and energy and heat production.

A few examples of how AVR is closing regional circuits of waste, raw materials and energy
The new heating network points the way to a smarter city: with the energy we generate from our incineration process we heat around 160,000 homes, not to mention hospitals, offices and swimming pools in Rotterdam, Arnhem, Duiven and the surrounding area. At the same time we furnish the heat for production processes of companies located in the port.

The paving stones incorporating recycled bottom ash are enough to renew a surface equivalent to 400 football fields every year. There children can play on them or bicyclists can make their way in the busy city.

The more people there are living with one another, the more important a clean city becomes.