August 16, 2017
Dutch airports go green with sustainable energy
As of January 2018, all Royal Schiphol Group’s business units will use only sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands after the Dutch company struck a 15-year deal with Rotterdam-based energy provider, Eneco. The deal is for the provision of 200GWh of green energy every year for 15 years.
The intention is for all energy used to be wind turbine-generated, though this will not be possible until 2020. Until then, other available sustainable energy sources. The first Dutch wind farm to be responsible for supplying the Royal Schiphol Group will be operational from January 2018, and is located at Vianen.
According to Jos Nijhuis, President and CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, “For our new energy contract, we wanted nothing but sustainable power generated in the Netherlands. After all, one thing is certain: aviation can and must be made more sustainable. We feel that the most important elements of this collaboration with Eneco are that all the Schiphol Group airports are involved and that additional sustainable energy sources will be developed in the Netherlands. This will allow our airports to increase their sustainability and offer economic benefits.”
Jeroen de Haas, CEO of Eneco Group has stated that: “For the energy transition, it is crucial for the business sector – which is by far the largest energy consumer – to embrace sustainability. Pioneers such as Royal Schiphol Group are consciously choosing new, sustainable forms of production and are therefore setting the tone for others. As a result, they are also helping Eneco Group to invest in wind farms and other sustainable energy sources.”
The deal with Eneco means that Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport will all be running on power generated by Dutch wind farms by 2020.