Reducing energy consumption

Anyone looking at Schiphol from a distance at night can see that it takes a lot of energy to keep a modern city like Schiphol running 24 hours a day.

DUURZAME TOEKOMST-verantwoord omgaan met energie 2 reduceren van energieverbruik

We use more than 200 million kWh in electricity alone. This more than equals the consumption of 50,000 households! In an agreement with the government, Schiphol is committed to ensuring that the annual rise in energy consumption between 2005 and 2020 is 2% lower than forecast on the basis of passenger volumes and expansion of the real estate portfolio. This commitment applies to our own operations at the Schiphol location.

Measures for more efficient energy use

Using energy as efficiently as possible still poses a considerable challenge, but we continue to look for new ways to achieve this goal. We have taken the following measures in order to handle more aircraft, travellers and cargo using proportionally less energy:

  • Including sustainability conditions in the tender for bus transport to and from Schiphol. As a result, Schiphol has the largest emission-free fleet in Europe (100 buses).
  • Replacing cooling and air handling units with thermal energy storage at locations including the Hilton Hotel, Terminal 3 and Piers B, E, F and G.
  • Replacing a large proportion of our public area and car park lighting with LED lighting.
  • Switching off signs and systems more frequently wherever possible.
  • Arranging sustainable management of buildings and maintenance contracts with our main contractors. This not only reduces energy consumption, but also ensures greater comfort for the buildings’ users.
  • Initiating a step-by-step plan to obtain BREEAM-NL in-use sustainability certification for our office portfolio.
  • Developing an energy-neutral mobile commercial multi-tenant building at Schiphol-Oost.