Sustainable taxiing uses less fuel

Last summer’s sustainable taxiing trial with the Taxibot went very well. Tests at Schiphol demonstrated that sustainable taxiing can lead to fuel savings of at least 50%. This means significantly lower CO2 emissions, which contributes to our ambition of becoming an emission-free airport in 2030.

Taxibot tows taxiing aircraft

Sustainable taxiing means that instead of using their own engines, aircraft are taken to and from the runway by the Taxibot, a special pushback vehicle. The goal is for sustainable taxiing to be standard practice at Schiphol by 2030. A lot still needs to be done before that can happen, such as adjustments to infrastructure, processes and technologies. All the required solutions are currently being compiled in a roadmap. The next trial, part of a European project, is expected to start in 2022. Several Taxibots will then be coming to Schiphol.

Schiphol and partners

Schiphol conducted the trail together with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), KLM, Transavia, Corendon Dutch Airlines and ground handling companies dnata and KLM Ground Services. Sustainable taxiing is part of the Smart and Sustainable plan (the aviation sector’s plan to make aviation more sustainable) and the Sustainable Aviation Agreement (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management).