Another benchmark achievement
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has reached level 3+ in the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation benchmark, the highest possible achievement. The airport is dedicated to making the aviation industry more eco-friendly and aspires to be the world’s most sustainable airport by 2030, along with all Dutch Royal Schiphol Group airports. To cut CO2 emissions, Schiphol is investing in electric transport and ground equipment, and it currently operates Europe’s largest electric bus fleet. These buses have slashed emissions by 1,743 tonnes over the last three and half years.
Relying on the wind and sun
Schiphol relies entirely on Dutch wind turbines for energy, preventing up to 114,400 tonnes of emissions from being released annually. Planes on the tarmac are connected to electric ground power units and passengers move around on solar-powered escalators. Additionally, the roof of the airport’s new pier will be covered in solar panels and Schiphol is investigating new ways to compensate for its remaining emissions.
In 2018, the airport’s CO2 emissions were 0.48 for each passenger, a decrease of 70% from the previous year. Total energy consumption fell by 4.5% in 2018, even though passenger numbers climbed 3.7%.