Train company ahead of schedule with clean energy

Whilst in Britain it’s unlikely that rail companies will ever meet a target, the National rail organisation in the Netherlands has brought 100% renewable energy to of all its trains a year ahead of schedule.


Initially targeted to achieve this by 2018, all trains were powered by wind energy from the 1st January 2017.

An average wind turbine running for an hour can power a train for 120 miles. In total, trains in the Netherlands use  1.2 billion kWh per year, the equivalent of powering the whole of Amsterdam for the same time.

You can find out the environmental impact of journeys in the UK on the ecopassenger website.


Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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