In The Netherlands, Dutch citizens sued their government to reduce CO2 emissions. So, it might not come as a surprise to hear that even though half of the electric trains crisscrossing the country now get their power from wind - that just ain't good enough.
According to Railway Technology, all Netherlands Railways trains will be powered 100 percent by wind by 2018.
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"Mobility is responsible for 20 percent of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands, and if we want to keep traveling, it is important that we do this without burdening the environment with CO2 and particulate matter," Michel Kerkhof, an account manager at energy company Eneco, told Railway Technology.
A deal struck between the railway company and power suppliers will result in carbon-free transportation. Electricity will come from wind farms not only in The Netherlands, but also from wind energy plants in Belgium and other Scandinavian countries.
Sourcing energy from countries outside of The Netherlands is an important part of the deal, said Kerkhof. "If the Dutch railways sourced 100 percent of the 1.4 tWh of energy they needed each year from within the Netherlands, this would decrease availability and increase prices of green power for other parties," he explained.
Getting some of the electricity from outside the country also promotes growth in renewable energy across Europe.
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The first phase of the deal, which states half of the train fleet with run on green energy by 2015, is already underway. The next milestone will be reached in 2016, with 70 percent of the trains running on wind power. The year 2017 will see 95 percent of the fleet running green with 100 percent on track, so to speak, by 2018.