HVO100: New fuel for ground handling

All aircraft ground handling vehicles have recently switched to HVO100 fuel. This renewable fuel emits 98% less CO2 than the kind of diesel that was used before. About 1,900 diesel-powered ground handling vehicles are in use on Schiphol’s platform.

Artificially produced diesel

HVO100 is a renewable variant of diesel that is produced artificially, without fossil resources. The properties of HVO100 are similar to those of GTL and fossil diesel, which means that the ground handling vehicles’ diesel engines do not need to be modified. The renewable fuel will be provided by Neste.

HVO100 is a temporary solution

Schiphol uses all kinds of ground handling vehicles, from regular cars, vans, pushback vehicles and trucks to more specialised equipment, such as conveyor belt loaders, catering lifts, moveable stairs and generators. Schiphol sees renewable diesel as a temporary solution. It will be used until all ground equipment is electric or hydrogen-powered and emission-free.

40% of equipment already electric

Schiphol and its partners have been working on electrifying ground equipment for some time. Currently, 40% of motorised equipment at the airport is already electrically powered. This percentage is expected to grow in the coming years. But for some specialised, heavy-duty vehicles, developing a battery with sufficient capacity that can be charged fast enough is a challenge. For these kinds of vehicles, HVO100 offers a good temporary solution.

Major step towards emission-free ground operation

The transition to HVO100 marks a major step towards emission-free ground operations at Schiphol, which we aim to achieve by 2030. We are supported in this mission by all parties operating on the platform, including Aviapartner, dnata, Menzies, Swissport, KLM Ground Services and Viggo.

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