Amsterdam to set up green energy company

25th May 2009, Comments 1 comment

The green energy company run by the city council plans to construct several windmill parks in Amsterdam and place 10 million square metres on roofs.

Amsterdam – Amsterdam city council is planning to set up a green energy company to produce more sustainable energy, reports De Volkskrant.

The proposed plan constructing several windmill parks in Amsterdam and placing 10 million square metres of solar panels on roofs of buildings.

Amsterdam's Green Left party environment alderwoman Marijke Vos envisages solar panels spreading across the city's rooftops and wind farms in its industrial areas and along its motorways. The energy production would be coordinated in a 'smart grid'.

Funds for the scheme will be obtained from the sale of shares that the council owns in energy company Nuon, a move yet to be approved by the city council.

The city administration hopes that 30 percent of Amsterdam’s energy use will come from renewable sources by 2025, as compared to six percent today. Amsterdam also intends to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent in comparison to 1990.

Vos is holding talks with housing corporations on making10 million square meters of roof space available for solar panel. In a statement she said she wants to make Amsterdam a frontrunner in sustainable energy production.

Amsterdam council's ruling Labour and Green Left coalition has set a target to cut the city's CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 1990 by 2025. This is much more ambitious than the present European Union target of a 20 percent cut by 2020.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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    on 23rd November 2011, 10:54:27 - Reply

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