In brief

Schiphol and partners at the airport are working hard to reduce emissions at the airport. Diesel engine emissions have decreased significantly and are well below the national standard.A task force has been set up by Schiphol and airport partners to investigate whether and how employees can be better protected against emissions and whether alternative start-up or taxi procedures can contribute to deliver. Under the leadership of an independent chairman, Schiphol wants to follow up on the advice of RIVM to investigate the exposure to and health effects of ultrafine particles in platform employees. Important measures are: electrification of transport on the platform , including electric buses, electric cars, aircraft shore power, electric Gross und Power Units (instead of diesel generators), a action plan for ultrafine particles and investments in sustainable taxiing. Reducing emissions continues .
Reduce emissions

The health of everyone who works at Schiphol is extremely important to us. Reducing harmful substances has therefore been high on our agenda for years. We have taken a number of important steps in recent years to reduce emissions.

Electrification

On and around the platforms we have already made a lot of improvements through electrification. For example, Schiphol is leading the way in Europe with % electric buses to take passengers to the aircraft, there are electric pushback trucks and electrical generators. For the energy the aircraft needs, we used shore power at more than half of the gates. We will continue to do so.

Due to these measures, emissions from diesel engines have been greatly reduced in recent years. In addition to the measures taken, annual measurements are taken of the amount of so-called “diesel engine emissions”. Recent measurements indicate that we remain well below the national standard. For the ground operation, the aviation sector aims to operate it completely emission-free in at the latest.

Action plan ultrafine particles

In 2019 an action plan for ultrafine particles has been drawn up by Schiphol. This action plan contains measures to reduce emissions in traffic to and from the airport, at the airport itself and from the aircraft.

As part of the action plan, we asked TNO to conduct research to the concentrations of ultrafine particles at Schiphol. That
TNO research (October 2021) gives us insight into the specific locations where we need to take priority action. We’re going to get started on that now. A task force has been launched together with the aviation sector to investigate measures to better protect employees exposed to high concentrations. We are also investigating whether other start-up or taxi procedures at certain locations can contribute. The aviation sector has a step-by-step plan to to make ‘sustainable taxiing’ the standard procedure at Schiphol. During sustainable taxiing, aircraft are taken to and from the runway by a special tow vehicle (a ‘taxibot’) and aircraft engines are largely switched off.

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