Schiphol has taken a number of important steps in recent years to reduce emissions. The aviation sector has started an ultrafine particles action plan in 2015, after the first part of the RIVM study. It contains measures to reduce emissions in traffic to and from the airport, at the airport itself and from the aircraft. Schiphol will continue to work hard on this. For example, stimulating further fleet renewal, the use of sustainable fuels and the implementation of sustainable taxiing. We encourage the taxiing of aircraft on one engine as much as possible, where this is not yet the case. We are accelerating the purchase of the number of electric ground power units to replace diesel variants.

Joint approach

Schiphol looks at both local residents and employees. Part of the action plan that was started after the first RIVM study is the study carried out last year by TNO on behalf of Schiphol into the concentrations of ultrafine particles at Schiphol itself. Schiphol and partners are using this knowledge to jointly investigate which additional measures should be taken in the short and medium term to further reduce ultrafine particles, such as towing aircraft and adjusting ground procedures. The aviation sector, FNV (on behalf of the trade unions), the national government and knowledge institutions are now working together to tackle the emission of ultrafine particles and improve local air quality at Schiphol.

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2015: exploratory research by RIVM shows that ultrafine particles around Schiphol originate from aviation2015: start RIVM research to health risks of ultrafine particles in the Schiphol area2019: Clean Air Agreement is closed2019: interim results of ultrafine particulate matter research RIVM: Study into the health effects of short-term exposure to ultrafine particulate matter around Schiphol2017: presentation of action plan for ultrafine particles Schiphol2022: announcement of TNO investigation into concentrations at SchipholSeptember 2022: RIVM proposal: Exploration of feasibility of health research among Schiphol employees2022: RIVM study in the Schiphol area: health effects of long-term exposure to ultrafine particles and integrated reporting 2021


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