Schiphol is ready for the future!
Schiphol Group stands for the creation of sustainable value. We consciously balance the interests of people, planet and profit. How we achieve our business goals is as important as the goals themselves. To us, corporate responsibility means conducting business with respect for people, the environment and the local community.
For Schiphol Group, a leading organisation with a strong sense of social awareness, corporate responsibility is about making choices for the future of the business, our surroundings and society as a whole. These choices are focused around five socio-economic themes: climate-friendly aviation, accessibility, raw materials and waste flows, sustainable employment, and environment, noise and air quality. Sometimes we are able to achieve targets on our own, while at other times we need to involve other companies or partners.
Reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change was a central theme of the Paris Climate Conference in late 2015. The 196 participating countries reached a historic agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Climate change is relevant for aviation, too. Globally, the aviation industry produces 3% of total CO2 emissions, primarily due to kerosene combustion. If the aviation sector is going to reduce pollution, it will have to find new solutions in which limiting the use of fossil fuels plays a key role.
The Sustainable Development Goals were confirmed in New York in September 2015. The new goals replace the Millennium Goals and apply to the period from 2015 to 2030. Schiphol supports these Sustainable Development Goals in a variety of ways.
Schiphol Group’s stakeholders value how it deals with social and environmental issues. In 2009 and 2011, sector association Airports Council International Europe awarded Schiphol the ‘Best Airport Award’, partly due to the airport's focus on the environment, noise and reducing CO2 emissions. Eindhoven Airport and Schiphol Airport are ACI ACA 3+ accredited. This benchmark provides insight into airports’ efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2014 Schiphol received the Airports Going Green award in Chicago for its efforts to make its processes sustainable. Each year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs uses its Transparency Benchmark to analyse the information organisations provide in their annual reports. Schiphol Group enjoys a top 10 position.