Schiphol Group is an airport company and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is its principal airport. The group aims to create sustainable value for its stakeholders, with due regard for their various interests. All its actions reflect key values: reliability, efficiency, hospitality, inspiration and sustainability. Schiphol Group’s mission is Connecting the Netherlands: permanently connecting the Netherlands to the rest of the world in order to contribute to prosperity and well-being in this country and elsewhere.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol supplies direct connections to 319 destinations, serves 55 million travellers and handles 1.6 million tonnes of cargo. More than five hundred companies are based at Schiphol, employing around 65,000 people in total.
• A pilot scheme involving farmers in the area is currently seeing the cultivation of bird-repellent elephant grass on Schiphol grounds, which can later be used in the production of outdoor furniture at Schiphol Plaza. A pilot using flax to make paint was also undertaken.
• In another pilot, Schiphol is collaborating with a number of parties to extract phosphate from waste water.
• The renovated Departure Lounge 2 will be completed in 2016. It will feature ‘light as a service’ in cooperation with Philips, Turntoo and Cofely.
• In late 2015, a concrete plan will be presented for reaching 'zero waste' in 2030.
• An agreement for the installation of a biodigester at Schiphol to generate biogas has been reached.
• Schiphol is currently looking at the possibilities of circular design for a new pier and terminal.
Schiphol aims to expand its internal capacity, deepen its knowledge, enter into the right cross-value chain and sector collaborations and grow the circular economy network.
For Schiphol, the circular economy means taking the following measures:
• Closed-loop design of assets and circular procurement (performance-based services, recyclable and/or bio-based materials and the phasing out of toxic substances);
• Maximizing the lifetime of assets and materials on site;
• Maximum reuse and/or recycling and the closing of material loops: no more waste at Schiphol.