Sustainable taxiing

Schiphol is investigating how sustainable taxiing can be implemented at the airport. Sustainable taxiing entails aircraft being taken to and from the runway by a special aircraft tug called a Taxibot. This means that planes can taxi without using their engines. The result is less kerosene being used and therefore less CO₂, NOx and ultrafine particle emissions. Sustainable taxiing is an essential part of our goal to become an emission-free airport in 2030.

First pilot successfully completed

Schiphol and a number of partners conducted a successful pilot study in 2020. During the pilot, aircraft were taken to and from the runways by the Taxibot. This special vehicle was designed by Smart Airport Systems, a sister company of the well-known supplier of ground handling equipment TLD. The vehicle – of which there are currently only ten in the world – is driven by a hybrid combination of electric and diesel engines. During taxiing, it uses 95% less fuel than aircraft engines.

Plan to scale up sustainable taxiing

The pilot delivered successful results, and so a roadmap to make sustainable taxiing standard procedure at Schiphol was made. As a first step, Schiphol acquired two new Taxibots. These will be used in a follow-up trial. The trial phase will then transition into a standard procedure, with certain types of aircraft taxiing sustainably to and from the Polderbaan Runway. Preparations are already underway for this.

Find out more about our roadmap Find out more about the investment in 2 new Taxibots Read more about the follow-up tests