Eneco wants to become climate-neutral by 2035
The Dutch gas and electricity provider, Eneco, wants to become climate-neutral by 2035 and limit global warming to 1,5 degrees centigrade. However, the company feels responsible for the next generations, and on Tuesday, it presented its One Planet Plan with concrete actions and initiatives, clear investment options, and measurable targets.
The Dutch Group, active in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, moves forward its intention to become climate-neutral by fifteen years. Eneco intends to stop selling gas heating systems and will offer its clients affordable and more sustainable alternatives like electric or hybrid heat pumps and heating systems on hydrogen.
Today, Eneco and its clients emit 13,9 megatons of CO2; about 10% of it is emitted by its own operational activities. To become climate-neutral, these figures should gradually go down to zero emissions.
Eneco aims at turning off the gas by 2023. However, the energy provider realizes it will be difficult, especially in Belgium, to win people over to switch to other energy sources than gas. Therefore, Ron Wit, Director Energy Transition of Eneco Group, expects the Belgian government to provide measures to motivate people to switch.
“A first step into the right direction if the phasing out of gas wouldn’t work would be the switch to green gas,” Wit says. “And if that doesn’t work either, we have to look at a CO2 compensation.”
Eneco Group pleads for radical electrification of the industry and mobility. The Group intends to invest in new heat sources and produce CO2-free electricity. In addition, the company wants to double the production of renewable energy (from sun and wind) by 2025 to 3 200 megawatts. Eneco also plans to close its large gas plants or transform them to run on green gas or hydrogen.