News of: Wednesday, January 03 2007,

Amsterdam switches to electricity produced from waste

As of January 1, all Amsterdam city departments and organizations will start using sustainable electricity.

The electricity will be produced from waste, by the Amsterdam Waste and Energy Company.

By doing so, the city of Amsterdam hopes to contribute to the reduction of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, and thereby to the reduction of the greenhouse effect. Amongst the organizations that will use the electricity are the GVB (the public transport company, for tram and metro), all neighbourhood councils, the Water works, the street lights, the Amsterdam Historical Museum and the Hortus Botanicus.

The CO2 reduction reached by using waste is comparable to the CO2 emissions produced by 82.500 cars in a year.