The Royal Schiphol Group has announced that from 1st January 2018 all airports of the Schiphol Group will run 100% on sustainable energy in the Netherlands. The announcement came after the Royal Schiphol Group and energy firm Eneco joined hands for this venture.
Enco will supply 220 GWh of clean power per annum for the next 15 years to the four airports namely Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport, and Lelystad Airport.
In the initial phase, Enco will supply energy to these airports partly from the existing renewable energy sources. But eventually the company will build new wind farms and from the year 2020, power will be supplied solely from these newly built wind farms to these four airports. Autena wind project at Vianen (which has three Nordex N131 3MW turbines) will be the first of the newer wind farms built exclusively for supplying power to the airports and will be operational from January 2018.
It’s a well-documented and accepted fact that airplanes contribute heavily to world carbon dioxide emissions, so do the airports! Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which is the world’s 12th busiest airport consumes about 175 million Kilowatt hours of energy per annum and that too coming from fossil fuels. Having energy efficient airports and running on renewables is really a good beginning in addressing the air travel’s growing, carbon footprint. Netherlands is not the first country which has taken this step, 41% of energy consumption at the George Airport in South Africa is from solar energy. Today, across the world more than 100 airports produce at least some percentage of their energy from solar power.
Netherlands has really bold plans when it comes to renewable energy. The country has set a goal to have zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and is set to 16% of its energy needs to be met through sustainable sources by 2023. In the month of June 2017, Netherlands proudly announced that 100% of its trains have started running on renewable energy, a full year ahead of the targeted date.