27 May 2014 — Train travel in the Netherlands is becoming an even greener way to get around, with the announcement this month that all the nation’s electric trains will soon be powered by wind-generated electricity.

Joint venture Vivens, which includes the Netherlands Railways and other Dutch passenger and freight rail services, has signed a contract with energy provider Eneco that will see 50 per cent of the Netherland’s electrified rail network running on wind power from 2015, and 100 per cent by 2018.

The total electricity contract is for 1.4 terrawatt hours (TWh) a year, which will be sourced from new wind farms coming on line in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium.