Schiphol Plaza/NS on Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. - Credit: Shirley de Jong / Wikimedia Commons - License: CC-BY-SA
Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 15:48
Report: Schiphol getting more and more sustainable
With electric buses and taxis, an energy neutral bus station and even upsycled carpets, Schiphol Airport is steadily becoming more and more sustainable. Duurzaam Berdrijfsleven - Sustainable Business Life in English - has made a list of all of the airport's sustainability efforts. Schiphol makes use of 35 electric buses to carry passengers between the airport gates and airplanes. The buses are charged, each at their own charging stations, with self-generated power. Schiphol also converted an old airplane hanger into an energy-neutral bus station. The bus station has LED lighting that is powered by solar panels on the roof. It also has a special lighting system that makes the roof change colors. The Schiphol taxis are also all electrical. The airport is also focusing its efforts on recycling and upcycling. The carpet in the Air France-KLM business class is made from 90 thousand kilograms of old KLM uniforms, which were spun into yarn and used in the new carpet. Schiphol also respun the old carpet into yarn. In June Schiphol teamed up with Tata Steel to find a way to naturally purify the glycol-containing waste water that is released when de-icing aircraft. This is achieved by using algae that live on the CO2 released by Tata Steel in their steel production. In 2013 KLM started using biofuel with used cooking oil in the Boeing 777 that makes the intercontinental flight between New York and Schiphol. Air Franc-KLM plans to eventually use this biofuel more widespread to make the company less dependent on fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions. Finally developer Solar Energy Works plans to install 120 thousand thin-film solar panels on the Schiphol grounds, which will eventually generate enough power to provide electricity to 4,500 households.