Case Study

Investing in green energy

Environmental Infrastructure Climate solutions

Public transport at and around Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has become greener thanks to the introduction of 100 electrically powered buses. Together, they comprise the biggest zeroemissions bus fleet in Europe, which will further increase to 258 buses by 2021. The new fleet is part of Schiphol’s efforts to become climate neutral by 2040.

Other airports around the world have joined in by acquiring electric ground vehicles. Brussels Airport will receive an all-electric fleet in 2019. By switching twenty diesel-operated buses to electric, Los Angeles International Airport will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from 308 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year to zero.

In another effort to become greener, Schiphol, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Lelystad airports are now powered by sustainable energy, supplied by the Dutch company Eneco. Together, the airports consume around 200 GWh, comparable to the consumption of 60,000 households.

The operator of the four airports, Royal Schiphol Group, worked with Eneco to open a new wind farm which partially covers the need for the airports’ green energy. By January 2020, all the power for the airport company will come from newly constructed Dutch wind farms. Until these have been built, the power will come from existing sustainable energy sources in the Netherlands.

The decision to use new wind farms means that Schiphol will not be drawing power from the existing sustainable energy network but rather promote its expansion.

Cochin International Airport, located in southern India, is the first airport in the world to run completely on solar power. It started by
installing 400 solar panels on its rooftop as a small pilot project in 2013. Two years later, more
than 46,000 solar panels tapping the power of sunlight made the airport totally self-sufficient in meeting its energy needs.