Wind to power Holland’s Royal Schiphol airports

All the business units of the Royal Schiphol Group, a Dutch aviation company, will run on sustainable power generated in the Netherlands, from Jan 1, 2018, the company said on Tuesday.

Under the agreement with power producer Eneco, the company's new Dutch wind farms will generate all the sustainable power.

Eneco will supply clean energy to Schiphol's main office as well as its airports, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport in Netherlands.

Together, the airports consume around 200 gigawatt-hours, which is comparable with the power consumption of 60,000 households.

The first new wind farm that will generate power for the Royal Schiphol Group is the Vianen power plant, which will be operational from January 2018, the company said.

After other plants are complete, all of the power will come from newly built wind farms from Jan. 1, 2020. But until the new wind farms are constructed, the power will come from existing sustainable energy sources in the Netherlands.

All the Schiphol Group airports are involved in the project, said Jos Nijhuis, president of Royal Schiphol Group and added, "Aviation can and must be made more sustainable."

By Zeynep Beyza Kilic



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