News: How Schiphol will get rid of gas

It’s a well-known fact that gas is being phased-out in the Netherlands. Schiphol has reduced its gas consumption since the 90’s, including in almost the entire terminal. Heating and cooling is now carried out with heat and cold storage, as well as heat pumps.

Published on: 30 July 2019

Schiphol’s turning off the gas

Schiphol is contributing to gas reduction in the Netherlands. An increasing number of buildings at Schiphol are being heated and cooled with heat and cold storage (warmte-koudeopslag, or WKO). This is a sustainable system that extracts energy from soil instead of the gas network. Water is further heated with heat pumps.

WKO in and around Schiphol

The WKO system was only developed in the 1990s and Schiphol quickly adopted the technology. In 1997, the F-Pier was Schiphol’s first building with a WKO system. The buildings where gas consumption has been phased out have been coloured green in the drawing. Almost all piers and a large part of the terminal now have heat pumps, as well as the Hilton Hotel and many offices around the airport. In fact, Schiphol is one of the few airports in the world that has this sustainable system at such a large scale.

Green gas

Yes – gas is still needed, as not every building at Schiphol is yet completely sustainable. We purchase Schiphol’s gas as ‘greenly’ as possible, insofar as we can. That fits with Schiphol’s goal of eliminating the use of fossil fuels at the airport by 2030. However, the supply of green gas is still small, which is only why we can only purchase a portion of it. The gas that we are unable to buy ‘greenly’ is compensated with C02 certificates, with which we invest in foreign projects that generate sustainable energy.