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Since 1 January 2018, all of Royal Schiphol Group’s Dutch airports have been running 100% on Dutch wind power. A major step towards becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral airport.
At Schiphol, we believe we can only make a positive contribution to the future of our planet by ensuring that our economic added value goes hand in hand with sustainability. In achieving this goal, we always seek cooperation with business partners who share our ideals. In this case, energy company Eneco proved to be the most suitable partner. It has the capacity to supply the renewable energy on the large scale that Schiphol and the other Dutch airports require.
Under the terms of the contract with Eneco, Royal Schiphol Group will purchase 100% renewable electricity in the form of wind power generated in the Netherlands. The contract covers the period 2018-2032 and also stipulates that Eneco will build new wind farms especially for Royal Schiphol Group. In addition, we are examining the opportunities to generate renewable energy at our locations. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol purchases renewable energy together with three regional Dutch airports.
A first step was made with the opening of the Autena wind farm at Vianen. Here, two windmills provide 10% of the energy needs of all our airports. Two primary schools from Vianen gave the names for Schiphol's windmills: 'Flying Electric' – by Egbertus primary school – and 'GreenTower' – by Tijl Uilenspiegel primary school.
In total, the airports consume around 200 GWh of power. The use of 100% renewable energy represents a reduction in CO2 emissions of roughly 92 million kg. And because our business partners purchase their electricity from Royal Schiphol Group, we are also making their energy supply more sustainable.