By 2017, all of our trains will run on sustainable energy. This will provide passengers with access to climate-neutral travel over longer distances.
Purchasing sustainable energy
The electricity will be generated by newly constructed wind farms belonging to our energy supplier Eneco. This will also stimulate the energy market and help the growth of sustainable energy providers. By 2017, all electric trains in the Netherlands will run on sustainable energy.
NS has signed a contract with Eneco for the supply of traction power. The required energy is 1.4 terrawatt hours (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 we will be using will be produced in new wind farms that are gradually being brought into use 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. NS is not staking a claim to any existing sources of sustainable energy. As a result, the supply of sustainable energy on the energy market has grown significantly.
Other rail carriers are participating as well
NS is purchasing sustainable energy on behalf of VIVENS, the association of rail carriers, including: ProRail, Arriva, Connexxion, Kombi Rail Europe, DB Schenker, ERS Railways, HSL Logistik, Rotterdam Rail Feeding and Rurtalbahn Benelux.