The pandemic might have played havoc with travel plans and severely impacted the aviation industry yet there is some good news and a sign that both airports and airlines are ready to start afresh and look at travel in a brand new way. Over the last decade a serious commitment towards sustainability has led to airports being designed with an eco-friendly approach. From following green building norms to water harvesting, noise pollution reduction and energy-efficient design, these are not only airports of today but those that are invested in a better future for our planet.
Leading the way, Indira Gandhi International Airport has become Asia Pacific’s first Level 4+ (transition) accredited airport under Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation program. This is the first-of-its-kind accreditation for an airport in the entire Asia Pacific region and its carbon emission reduction management is a success story to emulate. A statement issued by Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL, said “Our aim is to achieve “net zero carbon emission” airport by 2030.”
In 2016, the airport had become the first to receive a platinum rating by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) as a green airport terminal building in India. It continued its sustainability initiative by introducing measures like 35,000 indoor air purifying plants to combat poor air quality.
This accreditation was initiated by the Airports Council International is aligned with the Paris Agreement according to which global warming should be limited to below 2⁰C and all emissions (including those of airlines) being offset by proper carbon management. Apart from Delhi Airport, the other airport with a 4+ rating is Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the US, also the first in its region to receive the same.