Indira Gandhi International Airport to Become ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission’ by 2030

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The Delhi airport will become a net zero carbon emission facility by 2030, said its operator DIAL on Tuesday.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), operated by the Delhi International Airport (DIAL), is set to become a ‘net-zero carbon emission airport’ by 2030, much ahead of the IPCC’s 2050 target adopted by all major industries all over the world.

Achieving “carbon neutral” or “net zero carbon emission” status refers to a policy of not increasing carbon emissions and of achieving carbon reduction through offsets, it stated in a release.

Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of DIAL – a GMR-led consortium, announced this in a video message displayed by the Airport Council International (ACI) in an event during COP26, titled, “Delivering the Net Zero Airport of the Future”.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Jaipuriar stated “At Delhi Airport, we are on a strong environment progress journey and we are confident to becoming ‘net zero carbon emission’ airport by 2030, following the Airport Carbon Accreditation guidelines.”

“Towards this direction, we have initiated various environmentally sustainable programmes, such as the introduction of TaxiBot and adoption of electric vehicles,” he added.

Notably, EVs and Taxibots (a semi-robotic vehicle used to taxi a plane to the runway) were introduced for commercial operations in 2019, making DIAL the first airport in the world to do so.

The move resulted in a reduction of a “significant amount of aviation turbine fuel consumption by aircraft for ground movement”, the release noted.

Prior to this, the airport implemented programmes for use of renewable energy, the development of green airport infrastructures and multiple passenger connectivity networks, energy conservation and efficiency improvements, and stakeholder partnership programs, among others, it added.

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