Dutch aviation company Royal Schiphol Group has entered an agreement with electricity company Eneco to run its airport network entirely on wind power from 2018.

From 1 January, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport will be powered by Eneco's new wind farms in the country.

Under the terms of the deal, Eneco will supply electricity to the airports for 15 years.

With the new agreement in place, the aviation company supports the development of sustainable electricity generation in the Netherlands.

Royal Schiphol Group president and CEO Jos Nijhuis said: “For our new energy contract, we wanted nothing but sustainable power generated in the Netherlands.

“After all, one thing is certain: aviation can and must be made more sustainable. We feel that the most important elements of this collaboration with Eneco are that all the Schiphol Group airports are involved and that additional sustainable energy sources will be developed in the Netherlands.

“This will allow our airports to increase their sustainability and offer economic benefits.”

"This will allow our airports to increase their sustainability and offer economic benefits."

The wind power projects will supply a total of approximately 200GWh of renewable energy, which is equivalent to the electricity requirements of 60,000 households in the country.

To be operational from January 2018, Vianen wind farm is the first Dutch facility that will supply electricity to Royal Schiphol Group.

From 1 January 2020, the entire power supply to all of the Schiphol Group airports is slated to be obtained from newly-built wind farms.

Till then, the renewable energy will be generated from existing sustainable energy sources in the country.


Image: Royal Schiphol Group signs an agreement with Eneco for wind power supply to Dutch airports. Photo: courtesy of Schiphol.