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Schiphol airport in Amsterdam limits flights to prevent emissions, in world first
2022-08-04 14:56:00
The Dutch government has announced that the number of flights arriving at Schiphol airport will be capped to bring down carbon emissions. Schiphol, the third largest airport in Europe after Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle, will be limited to 440,000 flights a year from 2023. That is an 11% reduction from the airport’s pre-pandemic numbers in 2019  – and most importantly, it is a first in terms of putting climate before economic growth. The Dutch government, a majority stakeholder in Schiphol, says the change will bring down both noise and nitrogen oxide pollution (NOx). By limiting air traffic at one of Europe’s major airports the Dutch government is taking a major step to tackle air travel, which is one of the most polluting sectors. The aviation industry is not happy about it, and want instead to persist with the myth of being “net zero by 2050” (which is uncertain, too little, too late).  A pro-aviation body ACI Europe “warned against governments caving in to ‘climate populism’.” The decision was welcomed by Greenpeace, which has been campaigning to reduce flights at Schiphol for years. .Tweet   Schiphol airport in Amsterdam limits flights to prevent emissions, in world first By Tim Gallagher (EuroNews.green) 15/07/2022 The Dutch government this week made a historic announcement that the number of flights arriving at Schiphol airport will be capped to bring down pollution. Schiphol, which is the third largest airport in Europe after London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, will be limited to 440,000 flights a year from 2023. This represents an 11% reduction from the pre-pandemic numbers in 2019 for the central European travel hub, and is a first in terms of putting climate before economic growth. The Dutch government, which is a majority stakeholder in Schiphol, says the change will bring down both noise and nitrogen oxide pollution (NOx). Between 1990 – 2016 air travel emissions from the EU and UK doubled. Greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 to limit global heating to 1.5C. By limiting air traffic at one of Europe’s major airports the Dutch government is taking a major step to tackle one of the most polluting sectors. The announcement received backlash from industry leaders who spoke out against flight number reductions, despite being broadly committed to sustainability goals. The European aviation association ACI Eu

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