Amsterdam Airport's Schiphol, KLM ground fleet runs on biodiesel

By The Schiphol Group | September 06, 2011

Approximately 40 ground transport vehicles in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM fleet will be powered by 100 percent biodiesel. Both parties are investing efforts in introducing more sustainable transport vehicles at the airport, where a number of electrically powered vehicles are also already in use. However, as electric power is not currently suitable for all vehicle types, the use of biodiesel presents a sustainable alternative. The biodiesel that Schiphol and KLM will be using for ground transportation consists of 100 percent spent cooking oil and contains no fossil fuels. The supplier, SkyNRG, also supplies sustainable kerosene for aircraft flown by KLM, Thomson Airways and Finnair.

“By using 100 percent biodiesel in our vehicles, we are injecting a powerful impetus in the advancement of sustainable enterprise at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,” said Ad Rutten, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Schiphol Group. “We have formulated the ambition of running a CO2-neutral operation by 2012, and investment in sustainable mobility is one way in which we will achieve this.”

Over the next four months, some 40 airport vehicles will be running on biodiesel. These include tractors and catering, bird control, lease and delivery vans.

If the pilot proves a success within those four months, additional vehicles will be switched over to biodiesel.

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