The process to a circular city is characterized by: many parties, high ambitions and an on-going search for the realisation of these ambitions. Such a process requires a form of reflexive monitoring. Reflexive monitoring is meant for a joint learning process, not for judging on fixed targets. In this reflexive monitoring process three dashboards can be used, developed for the Buiksloterham District in Amsterdam. These dashboards provide a basis for further development in many other specific cases.

Monitoring energy self-sufficiency

Buiksloterham has the ambition to become self-sufficient for energy. At this time, however, there is no overview, let alone a set of indicators that the actors involved (residents, builders, local government, and utilities) can provide information on the extent to which these ambitions are realized. For this the dashboard Energy is created.

The ‘Dashboard Energy’ shows the energy consumption, energy demand per year, and the relationship between the energy profile of Buiksloterham and the ambitions of the city of Amsterdam.

Monitoring Waste and Material Flows

In a circular city the waste production drops, the percentage of waste separation increases and there is a continuous search for improved recycling methods. Institutional parties and residents work together to realise these. They can use the Dashboard Waste to see what is realised. In addition, the impact of measures can be estimated with profiles by type of household. This is shown on the Dashboard for Materials.

The 'Dashboard Waste' shows the waste production per area, waste group and property type

The ‘Dashboard Waste’ shows the waste production per area, waste group and property type

The 'Dashboard Material' shows the estimated effect of solutions for a cicular economy per residents profile.

The ‘Dashboard Material’ shows the estimated effect of solutions for a cicular economy per residents profile.

Download the full ACC report on “Circular Solutions Part 1 – Ambitions, governance and monitoring” here (Dutch)