We pursue active policies to reduce emissions for the sake of a sustainable future. We are continually investing in the sustainability of our own business operations and stimulate our partners to do the same. The ultimate result is a positive impact on your surroundings.
From 2012 onwards our goal has been to achieve CO2 neutrality for our own operations every year. We reduce emissions by using sustainable energy and fuels to the fullest extent possible. We partly compensate emissions with certificates for Dutch, Belgian and Central European wind energy and solar energy.
Leader in reducing CO2 emissions
We are one of the airports most actively pursuing emission reductions. We retained our 3+ status in the Airport Council International's Airport Carbon Accreditation system in 2015. This is the highest attainable status. We earned the ‘neutrality’ status on the basis of our investments in biofuels, electrically powered vehicles, use of LED lighting and restriction of commuter traffic.
What were we already able to accomplish in previous years?
In 2012 we set ourselves the goal of reducing CO2 emissions per passenger to 1.35 kg in 2020. The goal for 2015 was 2.01 kg, whereas actual emissions were 1.71 kg. For 2016, the goal is 1.88 kg. This goal will prove a challenge given the expansion work recently undertaken at the airport, such as central security and the new Hilton hotel.
Eindhoven Airport has been ACA-accredited since 2011. In 2013, Eindhoven Airport even achieved level 3+. The procedure for redetermining the accreditation level is currently ongoing.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport aims to cut CO2 emissions by generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The airport is currently not yet ACA-accredited but has taken steps to do so. For example, they have identified the sources responsible for CO2 emissions. CO2 reduction projects and initiatives can now be launched and monitored. CO2 emissions in 2015 declined by 5% to 2,356 tonnes (2014 2,484 tonnes).
Emission calculation on the basis of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
As of 2015, we report the emissions for Schiphol arising from energy consumption on the basis of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. We use scope 1 for emissions from airport activities and scope 2 for indirect emissions from energy purchased. This makes it possible to more actively monitor the performance indicator. CO2 emissions are consequently published in a different form than in the 2014 Annual Report.