RAI Amsterdam cuts CO2 emissions in half with district heating

While the UN Conference on Climate Change works towards climate agreements, RAI Amsterdam has made a considerable contribution to a better climate by expanding the consumption of district heating. Previously RAI used both gas and district heating to heat their buildings, from now on the RAI will use almost exclusively environmentally sustainable residual heat from Nuon's Diemen power plant.

Expanded use of this low-impact energy source (district heating) will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 1,500 tonnes compared to RAI's previous gas furnaces. That is 50% less, equal to the carbon dioxide emissions reduction achieved by approximately 15,000 solar panels. Moreover, it cuts fossil fuel usage by 95%.

Investing in sustainable alternatives
“Sustainability is important to RAI Amsterdam. Our organisation has been working ambitiously since 2008 to create a sustainable environment for successful events. We cannot do this on our own and are very satisfied with the collaboration with Nuon, our energy partner. We are continuously working to achieve our CSR goals. We already use green electricity, gas and solar power. Adding a strong expansion in district heating aligns perfectly with our objectives”; states Hans Bakker, General Director RAI Amsterdam. “We are proud to make a visible contribution to the sustainability of the City of Amsterdam this way.”

The move to full district heating is also special for Nuon. “RAI Amsterdam is a good customer and a special customer for us, as well as our biggest customer,” says Nuon CEO Peter Smink. “Their heat demand is comparable to that of about 1,200 households. We are pleased to see that more and more companies are choosing district heating because of the low environmental impact.”

A step forward
The fully updated district heating connection has a capacity of 12,000 kW, making it Nuon's biggest heat connection in the Netherlands. For the municipality of Amsterdam, the new connection is a step forward in the effort to increase sustainable district heating usage in the city. The municipality aims to have 230,000 households connected to district heating by 2040. To make this possible, the district heating network is being expanded and will be used more intensively. More and more existing buildings are also being connected.

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