Climatepositive in 2035

How can you, as an area developer, contribute to a positive climate impact? It is one of the key questions for AM as a area developer. AM has set a goal: by 2035, we aim to develop in a climate-positive manner.

Energetic, biodiverse and climate-adaptive areas

For the construction of buildings, materials and energy are always required, resulting in an environmental impact that cannot be reduced to zero. However, it can be minimized. By focusing on energy-neutral and circular construction, where we follow the CO2 budget and the Whole Life Carbon approach to develop Paris Proof.

At the same time, we leverage our role as area developers to create areas with a positive impact, not only within the planned area but also in the surrounding environment. This can be achieved by establishing energy-positive, biodiverse, and climate-adaptive areas that encourage end-users to make sustainable choices, especially in terms of sustainable mobility.

By making sustainable choices for every project, as well as for every environment and land position, we are working towards a climate-positive approach. One where the positive environmental impact outweighs the negative environmental impact on the balance of our entire portfolio. Giving more than taking. That's what we at AM truly consider distinctive.

How we achieve this

Our approach is aimed at giving back more to the Earth and society by 2035 than is withdrawn through the development of new buildings and homes. It's a challenge that requires the entire sector's involvement. The systems of all six sustainability goals, formulated by AM itself, are reflected in this strategy.

  • Energy Positive: By generating more energy than we consume using renewable sources.

  • Material Positive: By using sustainable, circular, and bio-based materials in a way that minimizes the environmental impact of buildings and makes them adaptable for future use.

  • Climate-Adaptive: By mapping climate risks within the planned area and the surroundings and investing in resilient solutions.

  • Regenerative: By increasing biodiversity with targeted species and providing space for a variety of trees and plants.

  • Mobility Positive: By reducing car ownership and usage while increasing sustainable and active mobility.

  • Usage Positive: By promoting sustainable behavior among users.


AM goes beyond the energy requirements for new construction. This minimizes the energy use of and within buildings. Through energy-saving measures, renewable energy sources, and energy storage and exchange, the newly developed areas become energy-neutral or even energy-supplying. Any surplus of renewable energy in developed areas can be used to further assist surrounding areas in the energy transition. To achieve this goal, we have joined the Paris Proof agreement of the Dutch Green Building Council.

The energy infrastructure in the Netherlands is under significant pressure. Innovations to locally apply locally generated energy are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, AM is a partner in the innovation network TROEF Energy.

Circular development

To reduce the ecological footprint of construction, AM develops buildings with sustainable materials that can be extensively reused in the future. However, the primary goal is to create adaptive buildings that do not need to be demolished. This results in innovative circular projects for both ground-based homes and apartments. Where appropriate, bio-based materials are also used, benefiting both the environment and health.

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Climate adaptation

AM develops its areas to be climate-adaptive. We consider not only the planned area of the development but also the immediate surroundings. This ensures the entire area is resilient to drier and hotter periods, intense peak rainfall, and an increasing risk of floods. Adapting to a changing climate requires close collaboration with water boards, municipalities, designers, and other construction and real estate companies. This ensures that climate-adaptive new construction is applied even more efficiently in these areas.

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n the early stages of area development projects, local experts, urban ecologists, and nature organizations are consulted to assess the state of biodiversity in the area and how to enhance it. Together, specific target species are formulated that AM supports. First, the foundation must be in order. Healthy green-blue structures are essential to create a regenerative area. This way, area development can boost biodiversity in that area. This commitment is summarized in the 'Geluksvogels' manifesto.

Manifest: Geluksvogels: Living in the City and in Nature

Sustainable mobility

The significant reduction of car use is crucial in achieving climate goals, keeping cities and regions accessible, and developing and maintaining livable neighborhoods. In area development, AM focuses on promoting walking, cycling, public transportation, and providing shared mobility. We also facilitate electric driving by installing charging stations at each new project. And we offer EV-ready parking spaces. This requires active collaboration between municipalities and providers, which we seek out early on.

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End user

The users of the developed areas significantly influence the success of AM's sustainability goals. Therefore, we actively focus on encouraging sustainable choices. End users are actively informed about the sustainable choices made for the area. In addition, residents can also take advantage of the financial benefits of a sustainable new-build home, such as the financial incentives developed for an energy-neutral or zero-energy home.