Energy from Dutch energy companies less sustainable


A joint study by de Consumentenbond, Greenpeace, Hivos, Natuur & Milieu, WNF and Wise has shown that Dutch energy companies a getting increasingly polluting. In comparison with last year the national average went down for a 5.7 to a 5.5. According to the researchers the main reason for this development, is the higher amount of power generated from coal. ‘Coal has become increasingly less expensive, mostly due to the recent developments regarding shale gas in America’, says Geertje van Hooijdonk, head of Energy at Natuur & Milieu. Of the five largest, international energy companies Eneco was found the most sustainable, with a 6.2 average. Essent and Nuon are the least sustainable energy companies. Three companies received a 10: DE Unie, Pure Energie and Qurrent Nederland.