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.


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.

Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Getting to Amsterdam airport and leaving it is easy with the main railway station being positioned underneath the travelers terminal complex. From here trains connect to other cities in the Netherlands, such as Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, and The Hague for example.

Via the international high-speed train connection called Thalys passengers can travel to international destinations such as Brussels or Antwerp in Belgium and Paris in France. An intercity train connects Amsterdam also with Berlin in Germany, with services running every 2 hours.

The fastest and best way to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam is by BSome travelers prefer to bypass all public transport hassles by pre-booking a private transfer. The driver will pick you up at a pre-arranged spot inside the airport. You can meet either at the Meeting Point in the main hall (near the Burger King), or where you exit the baggage claim area.

Make sure the driver knows your flight number so that he or she can take delays or terminal changes into account.

You’ll find plenty of private taxis for hire in the taxi line just outside the main entrance to the arrivals and train station level at Schiphol Airport. Be sure to choose a taxi from this line and not from individuals walking around soliciting their services. Note that taxis run on a strict meter basis and there is no set flat airport rate.


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