NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has awarded a three-year contract for the provision of sustainable energy for rail operations across the Dutch network to PZEM and Shell.

From January 1 2025, PZEM will supply electricity and Shell the certification guaranteeing that this comes from renewable sources. The deal continues climate-neutral train operations in the Netherlands, with all traction electricity sourced from solar and wind.

NS led negotiations for the contract as the largest member of the Vivens group, which is made up of all rail operators in the Netherlands. Members each conclude a contract with Vivens, which purchases the Guarantees of Origin (GOO) for the green electricity.

Vivens had originally intended to secure a longer-term contract. However, the turbulence in the energy market prevented this due to continuing concerns over supply and fluctuations in price.