A question often asked by politicians:
How is Nuon contributing to the goals of reducing CO2 emissions?
“One hundred percent sustainable, by 2050.” Is how Diederik Samsom worded the climate ambitions of the PvdA Labour Party during his speech ‘Choices for Holland’ on 10 april 2012. This is in line with what Nuon, as part of Vattenfall, plans to achieve: One hundred percent carbon neutral, by 2050.
To contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions we focus on encouraging energy saving, investing in sustainable energy production and using fossil fuels as cleanly and as responsibly as possible.
Examples of CO2 reduction
The cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use. To begin with, simply saving on our electricity consumption is obviously the best way to reduce CO2 emissions. By not wasting electricity, less needs to be generated. This has an additional benefit of lowering costs for the consumer. This is why Nuon focuses on a broad range of energy saving advice and devices such as high-efficiency boilers, insulation, nationwide information campaigns to avoid wastage, as well as the E-manager. A device that gives the consumer insight into their own energy consumption, allowing them to make changes and to reduce costs.
Nuon also offers clients the VerspillingsCheck (Wastage Check; Dutch only). This check includes a few simple questions. In a few minutes, clients know how much energy they could save by following a few simple tips and personal advice.
Nuon does more than just this to reduce CO2 emissions. We also invest in sustainable energy production and the clever use of energy and waste heat. Two examples of this:
1. Heating and Cooling the Amsterdam ArenA
The ArenA wants to be the first CO2 neutral stadium by 2015. One of the things they are doing to achieve this is using the city heating and cooling offered by Nuon. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 815,000 kilograms.
The heating for the ArenA, is waste heat produced by the power station in Diemen. By using this excess heat, CO2 is reduced by approximately 50% compared to the old gas-fired boilers. Cooling is supplied by the cooling station in South-east Amsterdam. The CO2 reduction is expected to be 72%.
2. Sustainable Cooling System in Amsterdam Zuidoost
An energy-efficient system cools offices and buildings in Amsterdam, making use of the nearby Ouderkerker Lake. Air conditioners are now redundant in the buildings. This project has reduced CO2 emissions by about 75%.
Finally, Nuon continues to use fossil fuels as cleanly as possible, as a ‘bridge’ to a sustainable energy future. We believe that CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is essential and as CCS is still very limited, we support further development of this option.