The Eco-Innovation Award forms part of ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, given out every year during the association’s General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition. The decision on which airport will become the next Eco-Innovator is settled by the independent Advisory Board of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This Award specifically recognises airports’ outstanding environmental performance, in particular, innovative approaches to environmental management.
This year’s Eco-Innovation Award went to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (currently Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3+ Neutrality, the highest level of accreditation within the programme) for the comprehensiveness and systemic nature of its approach to environmental management, both in terms of topics covered (noise, air quality, climate change, waste, etc.) and stakeholders addressed. The judges noted that, in addition to its already achieved carbon neutral status under Airport Carbon Accreditation, the airport also aims to achieve climate neutrality for aircraft emissions up to 3000 feet. Another reason for recognition was the degree of innovation shown, for instance, through the implementation of circular economy principles and the use of renewable energy.
We are particularly smitten by Schiphol’s wind energy initiative. From 1 January 2018, Schiphol is running entirely on renewable electricity generated in the Netherlands.
Jos Nijhuis, CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, said: ‘A full transition to sustainable energy has been a long-standing wish for us. We want to make sure that every innovation we make is more durable than what we already have. On one hand, we are committed to taking this position as a major organisation, especially within the transport sector. On the other hand, we are convinced that we can only make a positive contribution to the future if we add sustainability to our economic added-value”.
Have a look at “Schiphol is fully powered by Dutch wind” video here
Congratulations to the entire team at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for this great achievement!