• Carbon-neutral tag for IGI Airport, first in Asia-Pacific

    The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Tuesday became the first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve the carbon neutral status.
    The Airports Council International (ACI) announced IGI’s achievement during the airport carbon accreditation certificate presentation ceremony in Montreal, Canada.

    The same body awarded IGI the world’s number one position (in 25-40 million passengers per annum category) twice in a row under the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme.

    Airport officials said that the airport carbon accreditation has upgraded Delhi airport to ‘Level 3+, Neutrality’, which is the highest level of achievement available to airports across the world.

    Carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon emissions over an entire year is zero. This means the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of emission that is generated, officials added.

    The chief executive officer of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), I Prabhakara Rao, said, “Achievement of the accreditation for carbon neutrality is indeed recognition of a great team work. Today we have delivered on our commitment of achieving sustainable solutions for aviation climate change mitigations made at LPAA-COP 21 last year through carbon neutrality. With this achievement, we have set up a new benchmark for other airports in this region.”

    He said that now DIAL is focussing on energy conservation and exploring alternative solution for generating green energy. The Delhi airport further aims to increase its solar power generation capacity to 20MW by 2020, he added.

    The various emission saving measures implemented in DIAL have resulted in 51% reduction in specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emission (kgCO2/Pax) during the last five years.

    At IGI, DIAL has taken the proactive approach towards environment management and sustainability development. Terminal 3 of Delhi Airport is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Gold certified green building. Other energy efficient and environment friendly infrastructures at the airport include sewage treatment plant (STP) and water treatment plant (WTP), energy efficient bridge mounted equipment (BMEs), energy efficient lighting systems, advanced fuel hydrant systems, fixed electric ground power units (FEGP) and preconditioned air (PCA) supply systems.

    ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau said, “We are extremely delighted to welcome the first airport in our region with such achievement.We are proud of Delhi airport’s achievement and its commitment to sustainability which has set a good example for airports in the region.”  Ondrej Pavelec Womens Jersey

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