Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

NETHERLANDS: Four Dutch airports will be completely green from 1 January next year, airport operator Royal Schiphol Group announced.

Royal Schipol Group's airports will be powered by Eneco wind projects around the Netherlands
Royal Schipol Group's airports will be powered by Eneco wind projects around the Netherlands

Eneco’s Dutch wind farms will provide Schiphol, Rotterdam the Hague, Eindhoven and Lelystad airports with 200GWh every year for 15 years, following a power purchase agreement between the two companies.

From 2020, all the electricity powering the four airports will come from wind farms currently under construction or yet to be built.

Royal Schiphol Group president Jos Nijhuis said: "To conclude our new energy contract, we have not even thought about anything other than sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands. 

"One thing is clear: Aviation must and can be more sustainable. Our airports can at the same time have both sustainable and economic added value."

Eneco’s new Autena wind project at Vianen will help power the airports, a spokesman said. The site comprise three Nordex N131 3MW turbines, which are expected to start delivering power by the end of 2017.

The company already has projects in Laaksche Vaart, Van Luna, Oudenstaart and other locations throughout the Netherlands.

Its 15MW site at Kabeljauwbeek and a 50.4MW project at Slufterdam are scheduled to come online in 2019.

"It is crucial for the energy transition that business — by far the largest energy consumer — [achieves] sustainability," said Eneco CEO Jeroen de Haas  

"[Companies] like Royal Schiphol Group are aware of new sustainable production and thus set the tone for the others," de Haas added. 

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