Tulips, a consortium led by the Dutch airport management firm Royal Schiphol Group, has secured funding of $29.5m (€25m) from the European Commission (EC) to support a transition to low-carbon mobility and enhance sustainability at airports.

The funding offered to the consortium, which consists of 29 parties, is part of the European Green Deal.

This European consortium is a collaboration of airports, airlines, knowledge institutes, as well as industrial partners, which aim to facilitate sustainable aviation.

As part of this initiative, the Tulips consortium plans to fast-track the launch of sustainable technologies in the aviation segment, which will significantly contribute towards zero emissions and zero waste airports by 2030, as well as climate-neutral aviation by 2050.

The Tulips project is set to begin in January next year and run until December 2025.

It will use Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) as the proving ground for 17 demonstrator projects, with partner airports Oslo (OSL), Turin (TRN) and Larnaca (LCA) also implementing a selection of the innovations.

In addition, aircraft recharging facilities with electricity or hydrogen will be tested and a large-scale supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be introduced and optimised.

Airside demonstrations will be executed for capturing ultra-fine particles from departing and landing flights.

Passenger and cargo journeys at the airport will also be examined and new measures will be suggested for an optimal mix of multi-modal solutions.

The outcomes from the demonstration projects are expected to help decarbonise the aviation space significantly.

These demonstration projects will produce knowledge that will be shared with the aviation industry and other European airports.

“Successful demonstration of specific actions to accelerate sustainability in different scenarios will showcase these innovations and how they can be implemented throughout Europe,” stated Schiphol.