The Dutch railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), recently announced that by 2017, all electric trains in the Netherlands will run on sustainable energy. The company also plans use 35% less energy by 2020 compared to its consumption in 2005. The electricity for traction power will be generated by newly constructed wind farms belonging to energy supplier Eneco. This is expected to stimulate the energy market and help the growth of sustainable energy providers. The required energy is 1,4 TWh (equivalent to 1% of all electricity used in the Netherlands, or all the energy used by the inhabitants of Amsterdam per year). The sustainable energy that will be used for the trains will be produced by new wind farms which are gradually being brought online over the coming years in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium, among other places. This allows the energy to be traced directly back to its source.
Contact NS, www.ns.nl/en/customer-service/contact