New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has now been recognised as carbon-neutral, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific. The airport has taken a series of measures to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Airports Council International (ACI) reportedly made the announcement in Montreal, Canada, designating IGI carbon-neutral.
The international airport has been upgraded to ‘Level 3+, Neutrality’ – the highest status for airports around the world. The other airports to be accorded this status are all in Europe.
The status is approved if the net carbon emissions over a whole year are zero. The only way to do that is if the airport absorbs or offsets an equal amount of emissions as it generates.
Going forward, we are focusing on energy conservation and exploring alternative solution for generating green energy. Delhi Airport aims to increase its solar power generation capacity to 20 MW by 2020.Prabhakar Rao, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited
DIAL, which runs the airport, is a joint venture company, in which GMR holds a majority stake.
(With inputs from PTI)