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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.
The goal of Royal Schiphol Group is to reduce CO2 emissions per traveller to 1.35 kg in 2020. The reduction to 1.52 kg CO2 per passenger achieved in 2017 means that we met our target by a comfortable margin, thanks to a range of energy-saving measures. Our target for 2018 is 1.48 kg CO2 per traveller. We will continue to calculate our electric energy consumption on the same basis for the time being, even though we switched to 100% power from Dutch wind farms at the start of this year. Doing so enables us to stay focused on energy reduction.
For the fifth year in a row, Schiphol has retained 3+ status in the Airport Council International's Airport Carbon Accreditation system. An impressive achievement considering the continuing growth in the number of travellers and flights. 3+ is the highest attainable status. A major factor in our success has been keeping our own airport activities carbon neutral. We offset the 2017 emissions with emission allowances for Dutch and Danish wind and solar power projects.
In 2017, Schiphol attained an energy-efficiency rate of 4.61%. That is nearly 0.5% ahead of our 4.19% target. One of the larger projects in 2017 was the installation of a thermal energy storage system at Pier G. The pier’s climate control systems have also been upgraded. For a comprehensive account, read the 2017 annual report.
In 2017, Eindhoven Airport once again achieved the highest possible accreditation level (carbon neutral) on the Airport Carbon Accreditation system. It has maintained this level since 2012.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport has set itself the long-term goal of becoming carbon neutral. Emissions in 2017 fell by 11% to 1,752 tonnes. This fall is mainly due to the transition to LED lighting and the introduction of an energy-efficient baggage-handling system.