Schiphol orders electric ground equipment

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is electrifying ground operations with new electric Ground Power Units (e-GPUs) and more PCAs.

The 30 e-GPUs will be used on aircraft stands on Pier C and inside Pier D, replacing fuel generators.

The first 13 e-GPUs will be installed this month and all 30 will be in service by autumn, combining with fixed power points at piers to provide aircraft with emission-free power.

The additional PCAs will go with existing units placed at piers E, F and G, providing parked aircraft with fresh air.

40% of equipment used by ground handlers at Schiphol is electric and the target is emissions-free ground handling by 2030.

Denise Pronk, who is responsible for sustainability at Royal Schiphol Group, said: “Thanks to these investments, CO2 emissions will decrease and the air quality on the apron, and thus the working conditions for staff, will improve. We are pleased that, together with KLM, dnata and Aviapartner, we have been able to create a pool where all employees on the apron can use available equipment.”

Jorben Sprong, Unit Manager Operational Support Apron Services at KLM Ground Services, adds, “By pooling these e-GPUs, we can make optimal use of the ground equipment and emissions are significantly reduced. We are working together with the sector to introduce more e-GPUs at Schiphol as quickly as possible and to find a solution for widebody planes, for which the e-GPU cannot yet be used.”

Picture credit: Roger Cremers for Royal Schiphol Group

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