What can you do for the environment?
You have many different options when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of your flight. Many of us enjoy (long-distance) travel and flying. However, we do have to change the way we fly if we want to carry on enjoying those things. The aviation industry is working on that. But you can help too – on your way to the airport, at the airport and in the air. Here are 9 ways you can contribute to a more sustainable aviation sector and Schiphol.
1. Offset your flight’s carbon emissions
Aviation accounts for 2% of global CO₂ emissions. By planting trees and investing in sustainable energy projects, you can offset your journey’s carbon footprint. Do you want to know how much CO₂ your flight produces? And are you interested in offsetting those emissions? You can do that on your airline’s website https://www.schiphol.nl/en/airlines/, through your travel agency or organisations that specialise in carbon offsetting.
2. Fly as directly as possible
Choose direct flights or journeys that are as direct as possible. Transfers often mean making detours, which leads to more CO₂ in the air. And did you know that one less take-off and landing can save a significant amount of carbon emissions?
3. Make an informed choice of airline
Before you fly, find out what airlines are doing to be more sustainable. Because some are doing more than others. KLM, for example, flies using biofuels on some routes, including Amsterdam to Los Angeles. And easyJet offsets the carbon emissions of all its flights .
4. Less baggage means fewer CO₂ emissions
The more baggage you travel with, the heavier the aircraft. Only take what you really need for your trip. Fewer bags and suitcases means a lighter plane. As a result, less kerosene will be required to take you to your destination. And that means fewer carbon emissions.
5. Make your journey to Schiphol more sustainable
It’s nice to get a lift to the airport and back home, but it does mean travelling by car unnecessarily. After all, Schiphol is easy to get to using public transport. Trains are powered by green electricity and there are more and more electric buses operating in the region. Are you travelling light? Then you could even come to Schiphol by bicycle. Do you still want to come by car?
6. European destinations easily reachable by train
Take a train instead of a plane! Did you know that trains can compete with aircraft when it comes to travel time for journeys of 700km or less? And that trains have less of an impact on the environment on these shorter journeys? There are trains to Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, London and various German destinations from Schiphol and many other stations in the country.
7. Separate your waste at the airport
There are special bins where you can separate your waste at various locations in the terminal. Here, you can easily dispose of paper, plastic and residual waste in separate containers. The more people do this, the better our waste flows and the more we can recycle. Will you help?
Sustainable and fair trade products at Schiphol
Buying a present for yourself or someone else? Then consider buying responsible products from one of the many shops at Schiphol selling them. Up to do Good, Rituals and Xpress Spa are some examples.
More and more food and drink establishments are offering responsible choices. You can enjoy a tasty fair trade coffee and chocolate at Café Chocolat, for example. And Fair Taste Café, Starbucks, Juicy Details, Harvest Market, Leon and Verspillingsfabriek sell responsible and often local wares.
9. Drink tap water
Schiphol makes it easy for you to use refillable bottles and drink tap water. There are several drinking fountains throughout the airport where you can fill your bottle with nice, cold water. Did you know that Dutch tap water is among the best in the world?