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For encouraging green energy at the airports, the airport operators including Airports Authority of India (AAI) have installed solar power plants under net metering / captive mode at various locations/Airports for generation and self-consumption of green and renewable energy. In addition, few airports are procuring green energy through open access.
Presently, 14 AAI airports are on 100% renewable energy. Airports that meet their operational requirements through renewable energy are Tezu airport, Kangra airport, Kullu airport, Shimla airport, Jammu airport, Srinagar airport, Leh airport, and Imphal airport.
Other airports on the list are Dimapur airport, Puducherry airport, pakyong airport, Kanpur airport, Dehradun airport and Patna airport.
AAI manages 125 airports with the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining, and managing aviation.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has taken initiatives for working towards Carbon neutrality and achieving net zero carbon emission at airports in the country and organized knowledge sharing sessions to standardise Carbon Accounting and Reporting framework of Indian Airports as well as to create awareness on Climate Change mitigation.
Further, airport operators with scheduled operations have been advised to map the carbon emission at their respective airports and to work towards carbon neutrality & net zero emission in a phased manner.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) recetly launched a one-of-its-kind Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) & Solar PV hybrid (Solar Mill) to explore the possibility of utilization of wind energy at the airport.
CSMIA has introduced this pilot program in collaboration with WindStream Energy Technologies India Pvt Ltd, which ensures 24/7 energy generation, harnessing maximum energy through wind power systems, while enabling highly efficient and low carbon future for aviation. This sustainable initiative undertaken by CSMIA reduces dependence on conventional electricity which propels its journey towards ‘Net Zero’ emissions.