Metabolism study of Schiphol and its surrounding ecosystem takes off

Published on the 23rd of January 2017
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Metabolic has been appointed to undertake a metabolism analysis of Schiphol Airport and its surrounding ecosystem, and the exciting work is already ‘off the ground’.

Schiphol – just outside Amsterdam – is one of the largest airports in the world, providing direct connections to 322 destinations. In 2016, the year of its 100th anniversary, it served 63,6 million passengers and handled 1,7 million tons of cargo. It aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable airports and has set ambitious targets to get there: amongst these, by 2030 it wants to reach “zero waste” and only use products that can be reused or recycled.

Metabolic will map the material flows going in and out of Schiphol, identify efficiencies in the current system and quantify the gains that could be made by incorporating circular economy principles into the airport’s processes. The project has just started and is set to be completed over the coming two to three months.

Metabolic senior consultant Maarten van den Berg, commented: “We are excited by Schiphol’s commitment to its sustainable future and really pleased to be working with them on investigating how they can integrate circular economy principles into their processes. With this project, which builds on our extensive regional and city-focused circularity work, both in the Netherlands and internationally, we aim to demonstrate how businesses can take a leading role in the transition to a circular economy.”


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