RWE has a clear target when it comes to sustainability: as a company, we aim to be CO2-neutral by 2040. To achieve that target, we are working on the expansion of onshore and offshore wind, solar energy, biomass and other technologies.
By doing this, we are making an important contribution to the development of the low-CO2 economy in the Netherlands. In the future, wind and solar power will be the most important sources of renewable electricity. But there will always be days when there is insufficient wind or sun to meet the demand for electricity. At these times, there is a need for what is referred to as adjustable capacity. In the years ahead, this will also increasingly need to be free of CO2. RWE uses wind and solar power for this. Even if the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, there needs to be security of supply: green energy must be available from wall sockets at all times: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Biomass provides that security. This is why wind, sun and biomass are currently the ideal blend when it comes to sustainability and security of supply. After all, biomass can also be used to produce heat in a highly efficient and sustainable way.
The Dutch government and the European Union, together with the international UN IPCC panel, endorse the important role played by biomass in the energy transition: without it, the climate targets are not achievable.