Dutch Airports shifting to Wind Power
From the 1st of 2018, all major Dutch airports will significantly improve sustainability of their operations by completely shifting to wind power for the supply of their electricity.
All airports part of Royal Schiphol Group are participating:
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
- Rotterdam The Hague Airport
- Eindhoven Airport
- Lelystad Airport
Together, these handle almost all civil aviation flights arriving or departing in the Netherlands, transporting 70 million passengers and almost 1.7 million tonnes of cargo in 2016.
The electricity will be supplied by energy company Eneco.
Part of the deal between Royal Schiphol Group and Eneco is that all electricity should come from newly built wind farms on Dutch dominions.
That means that at first the majority of renewable energy will still come from older sources, but that as new wind farms come online, the share of already existing capacity will steadily diminish. By 2020, the airports will be operating purely on electricity coming from wind farms that haven’t come online yet at the time of writing.
The rationale behind this is that to have real impact, it is not enough to merely consume more renewable electricity. Rather, boosting renewable electricity generation is what matters.
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