"It is gratifying to see that even in energy-intensive industries such as rail transport, it is possible to operate with high-quality green electricity. This makes rail travel even more ecologically compatible," explains Dietmar Oeliger, head of transport policy at NABU and board member of Grüner Strom Label e.V. "The regular verification of the green electricity quantities required by Locomore through the Grüner Strom certification not only guarantees that the electricity comes 100 percent from renewable energy sources, but also guarantees investments in energy transition projects that are compatible with nature."
An annual demand of around 8.5 million kilowatt hours is forecast - as much as for around 2,400 single-family homes. For every kilowatt hour of green electricity that NATURSTROM supplies to the rail network for Locomore, the green energy supplier invests a fixed amount in energy transition projects, such as new solar or wind power plants. This is verified annually by Grüner Strom Label e.V.. The association is backed by seven non-profit environmental and consumer associations and peace organizations, including the major environmental associations BUND, NABU and Deutscher Naturschutzring. The Grüner Strom-Label is the only green electricity label in Germany that is supported by leading environmental associations.
"We are the first green power provider to supply genuine, high-quality green power for long-distance trains," says a delighted Oliver Hummel, member of the Management Board at NATURSTROM AG. "Anyone traveling with Locomore between Stuttgart and Berlin is supporting the energy turnaround as an added bonus. The course has been set for an ecological energy future."
About Grüner Strom Label e.V.
The Grüner Strom Label e.V. certifies green energy products. The association awards two seals of approval for this purpose: the Green Electricity Label for green electricity with added value and the Green Gas Label for environmentally compatible biogas. The association is backed by seven non-profit environmental and consumer associations and peace organizations. The Green Electricity and Green Gas labels are the only quality seals for green electricity and biogas in Germany that are supported by leading environmental associations.
About NATURSTROM AG
NATURSTROM AG was founded in 1998 with headquarters in Düsseldorf. The company is one of the leading independent suppliers of electricity and gas from renewable energies. It supplies more than 240,000 households, institutions and commercial customers throughout Germany with naturstrom and more than 17,000 with naturstrom biogas. In addition to supplying energy from renewable sources, NATURSTROM focuses on the consistent expansion of renewable energies - more than 270 eco-power plants have already been connected to the grid thanks to NATURSTROM's involvement. Since 1999, the naturstrom tariff has been certified annually with the Green Electricity Label. Due to its pioneering role in the system integration of renewable energies in green electricity trading, NATURSTROM AG received the European Solar Prize.
NATURSTROM AG: Dr. Tim Loppe, 0211 77 900-363, loppe(at)naturstrom.de
Green Gas Certification Manager