Improving air quality

The air quality at and around Schiphol has a significant impact on the health of our neighbours and employees. We have already taken several measures to reduce nitrous oxide (NOx) and ultrafine particle emissions from aircraft and vehicles. Furthermore, we are actively involved in various air quality studies and we have set up action plans to tackle the issues of ultrafine particles and nitrogen.

Ultrafine Particles Action Plan

Research carried out by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has identified aviation as one of the sources of ultrafine particle emissions. We still don’t know a lot about the consequences ultrafine particles may have on our health. That’s why RIVM is conducting a large-scale study into the effects on the local community. In anticipation of this, Schiphol has drawn up its own Ultrafine Particles Action Plan.

Nitrogen Action Plan

There has recently been a lot of concern about reducing nitrogen emissions. Royal Schiphol Group agrees that all sectors, including aviation, must play their part. The airport is therefore putting extra effort into measures that can help reduce emissions. You can read what we have already done, what we will be doing in the near future and what our longer term plans are to reduce nitrogen emissions in the Nitrogen Action Plan.

More on air quality

The government measures air quality at three locations in the area around Schiphol. You can see the measurements for each substance on www.luchtmeetnet.nl. You can also find an explanation of the air quality measurements on this website.