One year ahead of schedule, all electric passenger trains running in the Netherlands run 100% with wind power. A year ahead of schedule, Dutch rail company NS announced that its entire fleet of electric trains were running on wind power as of January 1, 2017, ushering in a new era in green transport.
Renewable energy proponents hope that the expected success will inspire other high-speed rail projects around the world, including some proposals in the United States.
In 2015, the Dutch government announced its goal of running all its Dutch electric passenger trains from 2018, thanks to 886 Dutch people who took their government to court in The Hague. However, the program was executed with such success that in 2016, 75% of wind energy was already used to power Dutch trains. A final little boost and 100% was achieved on January 1, 2017. With good will and desire, anything is possible 😉
One of the largest rail companies in the Netherlands, known as NS, partnered with energy company Eneco in 2015 to provide renewable energy to its fleet of electric trains, which carry 600,000 people per day.
NS’s electric trains consume around 1,200 billion kWh of electricity per year, roughly the equivalent of all homes in the city of Amsterdam.
Trains in the Netherlands carry 1.2 million passengers every day, transport is responsible for 20% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands.
Switching from this transport to a renewable source will significantly improve the Dutch carbon footprint, which had already improved thanks to investments in renewable energy projects.
The electricity used to power Dutch trains comes from wind farms in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, many of which were recently built for this purpose.