Green space

On 8 March 2013, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, officially opened the Green Space at Schiphol’s Pier E. A press statement issued by the airport notes that the Green Space offers an impression of the various sustainable initiatives being undertaken by Schiphol and KLM. Following the opening ceremony, a biofuel-powered KLM B777-200 departed for New York City’s John F Kennedy Airport, marking the start of a series of weekly biofuel flights between the two cities.

“If we want to make aviation more sustainable, we need to join forces”, said Camiel Eurlings, Managing Director KLM. “We are very pleased to be able to make a joint effort to lift this biofuel project off to great success, with support of Schiphol Group, Delta Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.”

Serious about sustainability

The use of second-generation biofuel made from processed frying fat, is one of the many examples in which Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is gearing up to be Europe’s greenest airport. The airport is one of the largest producers of algae, while sustainable initiatives such as theGROUNDS facilitate institutions to develop innovative applications for sustainable aviation.