Moving towards the future: Economical energy

If you are at Schiphol, you have probably noticed it: in many places the light only comes on when you walk there. It is one of our measures to use energy more efficiently. Another example: when lamps need to be changed, LED lamps go in. On a runway with dozens of lights that ticks nicely.

You may have noticed that the lights only go on at Schiphol in certain places when you walk there. It’s one measure that we’ve taken to use energy more efficiently. Another example is that LED lights are used when lights need to be changed. It looks great with lots of them on the runways.

Our arrival and departure halls date from 1967. As you can imagine, it’s quite a challenge to make an old building more energy-efficient, but we don’t avoid them altogether. We have set ourselves a target of a 4% increase in efficiency year-on-year, which we have easily achieved. We were at 6% in 2018!

Measures to use energy more efficiently

It is quite a challenge to use energy as efficiently as possible. However, we continue to look for new ways to do so. We have already taken a number of important measures to handle more aircraft, passengers and cargo with relatively less energy. These include:

  • The replacement of cooling machines and air handling units with hot-cold storage, such as for the Hilton Hotel, Terminal 3 and for Piers B, E, F and G.
  • Replacing a large part of the public lighting and parking lighting with LED lamps.
  • Signs and installations are switched off more often, where possible
  • Sustainable management of buildings and concluding maintenance contracts with our main contractors. This not only reduces energy consumption, but also leads to better comfort for people who use the buildings
  • Certifying our office portfolio step-by-step and according to the BREEAM-NL in-use sustainability label principles
  • The inclusion of sustainable terms and conditions in tenders, such as I.T. equipment or information boards.