At the beginning of 2015, 886 Dutch people sued their government in the Hague court to reduce their CO2 emissions. They won and the court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to undertake a 25% reduction in the next 5 years. One of the measures that the Dutch government will take to undertake this reduction will be that the Dutch railways operate with 50% wind energy by the end of this year and with 100% as of 2018.
Electric passenger trains in the Netherlands are already 100% powered by wind energy
Trains in the Netherlands carry 1.2 million passengers every day, let’s think about the achievement it would be to transport so many people with renewable energy every day. Think that transport is responsible for 20% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands, and if we want to continue traveling, it is important that we do so without damaging the environment.
The wind energy that will be used to power the trains will not only be generated in the Netherlands, but also from Belgium and the Scandinavian countries. This allows the country’s wind resources to be used by other companies as well.
This could be an inspiration for other nations – on all continents – to copy the plans of the Netherlands and tip the balance towards renewable energy.