By 2030, our airport will be emission-free and waste-free. To achieve this, we work closely with our partners. We produce the energy we consume from wind, sun and soil. All vehicles and all other equipment at the airport will then be electric. We reuse or recycle materials and products. We want to build all new buildings as circular as possible. So that at the end of their lifespan, we can take them apart and reuse all the material.
Electrification of the equipment
More and more vehicles and equipment at the airport are already electric and that is only going to increase. By 2030, almost all of these will be electric; from pushback to airplane stairs and ground power units. And that makes a difference in CO₂, nitrogen and (ultra) particulate matter. Check our video to learn more about this.
Electricity for the aircraft: Aircrafts parked on the apron increasingly receive the necessary power via mobile electric Ground Power Units. These replace the diesel generators. The electric GPUs lead to less CO₂ emissions from the airport.
Dutch wind energy: All airports of the Royal Schiphol Group - and therefore also Eindhoven Airport - run entirely on wind energy generated in the Netherlands. This is in line with our goal to be completely CO2 emission-free by 2030. All Schiphol Group airports together consume approximately 200 GWh of electricity. The use of wind energy results in a reduction of 92 million kilos of CO₂.
Solar panels: Eindhoven Airport uses solar panels to generate sustainable energy at the airport. There are solar panels on the baggage claim area and on the terminal. The taxi rank canopy at the forecourt is also equipped with solar panels. With new construction, we always consider whether we can use solar panels or other means to generate energy in a sustainable way. Generating all the energy we consume ourselves is in line with our goal to be CO2 emission-free by 2030.
Generate energy with solar panels
Eindhoven Airport greatly expanded the number of solar panels on the terminal roof in 2023 so that we can generate even more energy ourselves. We now have 1,686 solar panels that we use to generate energy. We use this sustainably generated energy for the terminal.
Heat/cold storage: Eindhoven Airport has a heat storage system at parking facility P5. We use the hot water from this to heat the terminal. We have a cold storage system at the recycling center; the cold water from this is used to cool the terminal. By using these systems, we use less gas and emit much less CO₂. Using a heat-cold storage system contributes to our goal; all our buildings emission-free by 2030. In addition to the heat/cold storage system and solar panels, Eindhoven Airport has solar collectors at the Tulip Inn Eindhoven Airport hotel. These are used for the hot water supply of the hotel.
Energy-efficient: For Eindhoven Airport it goes without saying that we are energy-efficient.
What we do?
Sensors ensure that in many places the light only comes on when you walk in rooms.
We have LED lamps almost everywhere; for example in the parking garages, the terminal and the offices.
Screens and installations will be disabled if there are no users
The baggage claim in the baggage claim area will stop if no baggage arrives.
The escalators in P1 and in the terminal are energy efficient and slow down when not in use.
We make agreements with maintenance companies about sustainable management of our buildings. Sustainability is an important condition in tenders; For example, Eindhoven Airport sets requirements for the extent to which organizations make a positive contribution to our sustainability objectives. For example, by including energy-efficient measures such as solar panels, LED lighting or energy-efficient appliances, hiring employees with a distance to the labour market or working according to circular principles. In addition, tenderers can distinguish themselves in tenders by demonstrably working on sustainability. By paying attention to this during the tendering process, attention is paid to sustainability at an early stage.
Since about mid-November 2021, in the interest of sustainability, we no longer issue parking tickets with a parking space booked online at P3, P4 and P5.
Sustainable construction: Treating the earth wisely also means smart construction, circular construction, reusing materials and, for example, replacing gas with sustainable energy sources. Eindhoven Airport examines all new buildings how to build as sustainably as possible, with as much reuse as possible.
For example, the main entrance point- the secure access for employees and suppliers to the platform - has been built in a circular manner. Timber frame construction and steel were used during construction. The main entrance point can be completely dismantled and demolition therefore produces almost no residual waste. It is also a sustainable building. It contains a heat recovery system and a heat pump. The facade is built of recycled steel and wooden slats. The main entrance point does not have a gas connection.
This also applies to multifunctional parking garage P1. For the construction of this sustainable building, Eindhoven Airport received the BREEAM certificate with a rating of 'very good'. Numerous sustainability measures were taken during the construction of P1. For example, measures have been taken to save energy and water in the building. In addition, waste is separated and recycled as much as possible during construction. The materials used also have a responsible origin.
Just like the main entrance point, the steel roof of the walkways on the platform is also built in a circular manner.
Separate collection: Eindhoven Airport wants to have no more waste by 2030. That is why we are already working hard on separate collection of waste. We have separate waste bins in our terminal and aircraft waste is separated on location. The airport has thirteen waste streams.
CO₂ neutral airport: : Eindhoven Airport is CO₂ neutral for its own activities. That was in 2022 for the nineth year in a row. The Airports Council International Europe annually checks the CO₂ emissions of airports. It therefore uses the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Our airport achieved Level 4+ Transition. We switched to green gas and electrified our own fleet and lease cars. We compensate our residual emissions through financially supporting a biogas project for a pig farming Practice Center in Sterksel. That project produces electricity by fermenting manure in a biogas plant, which is fed into the grid. The project reduces methane emissions to the atmosphere and replaces fossil fuels used to heat local buildings.
Our airport wants to be CO2 emission-free by 2030. No more CO₂ will then be emitted via our buildings and via our own airport activities (for example on the apron). In addition, we want to use half as many natural resources by 2030. From 2021 we will no longer use disposable plastic such as straws and cutlery at the airport. The aim is that in the long term we will no longer use single-use plastic at all at the airport.
Read more about Airport Carbon Accreditation here.