In order to significantly reduce fuel consumption during the taxi process at Schiphol and the associated CO2, nitrogen and (ultra) particulate matter emissions, the aviation sector has presented a roadmap to Barbara Visser, outgoing Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. . With this step-by-step plan, sustainable taxiing 2030 will become the standard procedure throughout Schiphol. The first step in this is two tow vehicles that will be taken into use at Schiphol in mid 2022 for a follow-up test. If successful, this pilot phase will then transition into a standard process in which the aircraft can taxi sustainably to and from the Polderbaan.
During sustainable taxiing, aircraft are transported to and from the take-off. – and runway brought by a special tow vehicle and aircraft engines for the most part are left out. This new taxi process requires major changes to infrastructure, processes and technology. Many of the necessary adjustments are new to aviation and Schiphol is also the first airport in the world to introduce sustainable taxiing on a large scale. The roadmap offers a step-by-step plan to implement these adjustments in time based on the currently available knowledge.
Schiphol has developed the roadmap together with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), KLM, Transavia, Corendon Dutch Airlines and ground handlers dnata and KLM Ground Services. Sustainable taxiing is part of the Smart and Sustainable sector plan and of the Sustainable Aviation Agreement, which has been signed by the sector and the ministry. It is also one of the ambitions in the Aviation Memorandum of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.