CRFS Lab description

Some notable examples of living lab initiatives in Haarlem include its leadership in the Urban Agenda Partnership on Public Procurement.

The Urban Agenda for the EU, launched in May 2016 with the Pact of Amsterdam, introduces a novel, multi-level approach to foster collaboration among Member States, cities, the European Commission, and other stakeholders. The overarching goal is to promote urban growth, enhance liveability, foster innovation, and address social challenges in European cities.

The Partnership on Public Procurement consists of various urban authorities, including Haarlem, Gabrovo, Larvik, Nantes, Preston, and Vantaa, along with the involvement of Italy as a Member State. Additionally, it incorporates observers and associations such as CEMR, EUROCITIES, and URBACT, in conjunction with the European Commission’s DG REGIO and DG GROW.



The Municipality of Haarlem has initiated an extensive sustainability program for climate adaptation, energy transition, circular economy. As part of the implementation strategy for this program, several living labs have been created to test new concepts in a practical urban setting. Close cooperation between the municipal government, local business and business organizations, educational institutions and NGO’s has created an easily accessible network of expertise

Haarlem is a municipality located in the Netherlands, categorized as a mid-sized city with a population of 160,000 residents. Over the past two years, it has actively participated in various living lab projects, with a focus on initiatives related to zero-emission city logistics and the reduction of food waste, with a central coordinating role.

Cities2030 partner organizations participating in Haarlem CRFS Lab are the Municipality of Haarlem Geemente Haarlem (HARL, P41) and the University of Amsterdam Stichting VU (IVM, P33)