Annual Report 2016

Partner views and recommendations

Ab van der Touw
Tom Sutherland
Remko de Lange
Thom Hienekamp
Anton Brummelhuis
Thomas Rau
John Nederstigt
Ab van der Touw
CEO, Siemens Nederland N.V.
Towards more sustainable air travel
Flying is one of the oldest and biggest dreams of humankind. In the past hundred years, plane travel has become something everyone can do, but there is still something magical about it. Apart from the flight aspect, the safety of the journey and the environmental impact of aviation are gaining increasing attention. As one of the leading airports in the world, Schiphol and its partners are taking responsibility and striving to reduce their CO2 footprint and to optimise passenger safety, without detracting from the experience and process efficiency. As a partner to Schiphol, Siemens is eager to contribute. Among other things, Siemens has teamed up with Airbus to work on making air travel itself more sustainable. Innovative, hybrid electrically-powered aircraft will be able to cut the environmental impact to a minimum so that future generations can also enjoy the magic of flight, unfettered.
Tom Sutherland
Environment Manager, TUIfly
Renew the aviation process
Sustainability and innovation represent a massive growth sector, especially in aviation. Keeping Schiphol in the vanguard on both fronts can drive growth and build prosperity. Schiphol can provide an impetus through incentives. As well as securing its own lead, this will give it a competitive advantage over other players. Schiphol should also create a sustainability platform, gathering a small group of airlines together and taking on the challenge of openly sharing and discussing sustainability initiatives. For us as a leisure carrier, we’d be happy with initiatives to enable buffer handling to reduce unnecessary tow movements, or to facilitate remote baggage-drop off and check-in, off-airside. This would reduce traffic in the departure halls during peak periods and thereby push back energy use, while boosting both customer satisfaction and efficiency. Let’s tackle the search for innovative, sustainable and smart aviation innovations together.
Remko de Lange
Vanderlande
Strategy and Business Development
Break the cycle
Schiphol has been a key innovation partner for Vanderlande for 50 years now. Together, we have put into practice an array of sustainable and circular initiatives. The need to take steps towards circularity is growing more relevant and urgent. Schiphol can assume a pioneering and exemplary role by scaling up circular business models. For example, business models like pay-per-use, lease or buy-back structures would enable and even impel suppliers to embrace circular material flows. Ideally, partners from across the entire supply chain would be involved in the (re)development of the airfield, starting early on. This new approach to working will be complex and daunting sometimes, because we will have to stretch the frameworks that guide our current thinking. As CEO Jos Nijhuis put it at Airports Going Green: ‘It’s not easy being green, but it is the only way’. Vanderlande looks forward to working with Schiphol to bring the circular future another step closer.
Thom Hienekamp
Director BN Parking
(part of Ballast Nedam)
Make CSR an explicit aim in tenders
It is a grand ambition to be the most sustainable airport company. And one that entails a moral obligation. Schiphol Group’s tender set a high bar for sustainability and use of sustainable materials. At P3, we used organic paint and recycled resources from the airport grounds for the building. And as a form of social return (part of CR), we gave someone a job for not only the duration of the project, but continuing after that too. Schiphol can promote inclusive enterprise by making it a more explicit part of the Corporate Responsibility criteria in tenders. That way, Schiphol can give real substance to its role as pioneer of Aviation Inclusive, and thereby stay ahead of the game.
Anton Brummelhuis
Senior Director of Sustainability, Philips Lighting
Towards a circular hub
Schiphol Group has strong ambitions to become one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable airports and to reach their 2030 environmental goal of zero waste. We recognise Schiphol Group as one of the leading companies in the transition to a circular economy. Implementing Circular Lighting for the airport’s Departure Lounge 2 in partnership with Philips Lighting, Engie Services and Turntoo helps Schiphol to halve the energy and to avoid waste to landfill. And as the founding father of the circular expo in the Netherlands Schiphol Group enables the creation of world’s first circular economy hub. I wish Schiphol and partners every success in leading this purposeful transition to a circular economy!
Thomas Rau
CEO, Turntoo and
CEO, RAU Architecten
From Altitude to Attitude: Creating resilient airports with a future!
The aviation sector needs new concepts to reconcile passenger growth with planetary boundaries on a local, global en universal level. Its legacy as an innovative leading airport, its capacity and its culture enable Schiphol to lead the change towards a future-proof aviation industry. I envision Schiphol as an airport that will be able to grow by transformation and change seamlessly, adding value to its business and its environment. Not wasting resources, but eliminating waste and operating energy-positive. Means to enable this are a temporary, flexible and modular set-up of its infrastructure, circular asset-management, and performance based business models. For its passengers Schiphol will offer a transformational and inspiring journey, which demonstrates that care for travellers can go hand in hand with care for the fundamental principles which make life possible. Schiphol can do this by thinking ahead, using a visionary mindset, improving skills and setting concrete examples. From Altitude to Attitude.
John Nederstigt
Alderman for sustainable economic development and energy, Municipality of Haarlemmermeer
Opportunities for a healthy, circular society
Haarlemmermeer is charting the road to a circular society, and we have already come a long way. Having Schiphol as a neighbour adds some twists and turns to that road. Schiphol is a beehive of activity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and those activities impact on the environment and its surroundings. We – the municipality, Schiphol and KLM – have the ambition to become the most sustainable airport region in all of Europe. I am certain that a healthy environment and economic prosperity can go hand in hand. But only if we shift the focus of the discussion from obstacles, benefits and burdens to openings for development, innovation and sustainability. The opportunities and prospects for a healthy, circular society are well within our reach. That is why Haarlemmermeer is offering a testbed for new technologies and business models in the circular economy, right outside Schiphol. After all, the future is what you make it.
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