Denmark's electric trains to run on electricity from renewable sources  

2007.09.10
From the beginning of 2008, Denmark's electric trains and Copenhagen's local electric railway network will be run on green energy, annually saving 85,000 tons in CO2 emissions
Denmark's electric trains and Copenhagen's local electric railway network together represent one of the biggest single uses of electricity in the country. The State Railway currently uses around 250 GWh (Gigawatt hours) annually of electric power, costing approx. DKK 170 m (USD 31.4 m). Now the decision has been taken to run the trains only on electricity produced from renewable sources - a move that will annually save 85,000 tons in CO2 emissions.
 
The shift to clean, green electricity will take place from the beginning of next year and will mean that 3 out of every 5 passengers using the Danish railway network (which also includes diesel powered regional trains) will be transported using renewable-based electric power.
 
According to industry sources the State Railway will have to pay 5-10% more for its electricity, but it is not expected that these costs will be passed on to the paying public. The Ministry of Transport and Energy has said that half of the required electricity will come from Danish wind power, and half from foreign hydroelectric sources, possibly Switzerland or Austria.
 
The new move, which is being seen as a first step towards making Denmark's rail transport CO2 neutral, will be implemented via a 2-year contract with the Danish power supplier DONG Energy. It is widely anticipated that when the contract expires, there will be no return to conventional electricity supplied and that the green energy initiative will be continued.
 
The news was reported by DR News.

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