News: Schiphol to stimulate circular economy in North Holland

Published on: 9 March 2017

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has signed an agreement with the Department of Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the Province of North Holland, various municipal authorities and other parties aimed at stimulating the circular economy throughout the province. With the conclusion of a declaration of intent recently on the Day for Cooperation, the signatories pledged to accelerate their reduction of primary raw materials use.

Among the concrete measures agreed in the deal is a commitment to curb the use of raw materials. The parties will be joining forces on research into the elimination of waste from the biomass and construction raw material chains by using products designed for circularity. Schiphol's Chief Commercial Officer André van den Berg explains, 'Through its Light as a Service project, Schiphol has already demonstrated that it embraces the circular economy. Now, by signing this declaration of intent, we are joining with the other signatories to push for acceleration of the circular economy in the Province of North Holland.'

On the Day for Cooperation, which is an initiative of the Department of Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the organisations sat down together to explore how they can inspire and assist each other on the road to sustainable accessibility and area development, energy conservation and a circular economy.

Most sustainable airport

Schiphol has a mission to become the most sustainable airport in the world and to be a zero-waste airport by 2030. Among the aims of the Zer0 Waste 2030 programme is to make processes as circular as possible. In a circular economy, products and materials that would otherwise be thrown away are reused, so that raw materials retain their value and less waste ends up in the environment.