Improve air qualityThe TNO study is important for the employees at the airport. Based on the results of the research, additional actions and an acceleration of actions are being investigated to further reduce the ultrafine particle concentration. The sector will investigate the possibility of making ‘sustainable taxiing’ the standard procedure at Schiphol at the latest 2030. The necessary steps are being worked out by Schiphol and various sector partners, including LVNL, KLM, Transavia and Corendon, such as adjustments to infrastructure, processes and technology.

Schiphol has been investigating and reducing the emission of ultrafine particles. In 2017 an action plan for ultrafine particles was drawn up by Schiphol in collaboration with the aviation sector parties, to reduce emissions in traffic to and from the airport, at the airport itself. and the planes. Important in this regard are investments in a new fleet, the use of sustainable fuels (SAF) and making the ground operation more sustainable. As part of this action plan, Schiphol has asked TNO to conduct a study into the concentrations of ultrafine particles on the Schiphol site. In this research, input was requested from trade unions and platform employees. The RIVM has assessed the content of the investigation.

For the ground operation, the aviation sector aims to operate completely emission-free in 2022 at the latest and thus to drastically reduce ultrafine particles. This is done by using energy more efficiently, electrifying ground equipment, installing shore power at gates, looking for alternatives to fossil gas and, where possible, switching to renewable energy. Also part of the action plan are studies to increase knowledge and measures to improve air quality.

Research into ultrafine particles

Relatively little is known worldwide about the emission of different types of ultrafine particles and the effect on health. RIVM is conducting research into the health effects of ultrafine particles on residents living near the airport. RIVM has also recently made a proposal for investigating the health effects of ultrafine particles among platform employees. The sector is currently studying this proposal on how to set up a study, together with the parties involved, into the exposure of employees to ultrafine particles and the possible health effects.

Background of ultrafine particles

2017: exploratory study by RIVM shows that ultrafine particles around Schiphol originate from aviation2017: start RIVM -research into health risks of ultrafine particles in the Schiphol area2017: Clean Air Agreement is concluded 2019: Interim results of ultrafine particles research RIVM: Research into the health effects of short-term exposure to ultrafine particles around Schiphol2017: presentation action plan Schiphol ultrafine particles2020: announcement of TNO investigation into concentrations at SchipholSeptember 2021: RIVM proposal: Exploration of feasibility of health research among Schiphol employeesStart 2022: results of RIVM study in the Schiphol area: health effects of long-term exposure to ultrafine particles and integrated reporting.On the right side of this page is download the full TNO research report and an update of the ultrafine particles action plan, which provides insight into the state of affairs.

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