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Schiphol Buys Farmers’ Emission Rights to Get Nature Permit

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Schiphol Airport has bought out enough farms to free up sufficient nitrogen emission space so that it can apply for a crucial nature permit from the Dutch government.

Amsterdam’s airport has taken over four farms and bought the emission rights from another eight, a company spokesperson confirmed on Thursday. The acquisitions, which involved a sum of €20 million to €25 million ($21.6 million-$27 million) were necessary to reduce nitrogen emissions in the area and enable Schiphol to apply for a valid nature permit from the government, according to Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.