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Chennai Airport Ramps Up Renewable Energy to Minimise Carbon Emissions

It uses an integration of power produced from rooftop solar plants, solar energy purchased from companies and by obtaining power under a green tariff from Tangedco.

June 12, 2023. By Nivedita Ojha

The complete power requirement of the Chennai city airport, which manages about 20 million passengers on average per year, is now fulfilled by renewable energy.

It uses an integration of power produced from rooftop solar plants, solar energy purchased from companies and by obtaining power under a green tariff from Tangedco. This was attained last month when the utilise of renewable energy was escalated from 50 percent.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) spokesperson added, “Of the electrical energy utilized by Chennai Airport, 59 percent is solar energy being procured through third-party power purchase, 3 percent is being met through the in-house 1.5MWp rooftop solar plant and remaining 38 percent is being procured from Tangedco under green tariff. This is part of the efforts to make the facility fully energy efficient”.

This on-going green steps intended at minimising emissions comprising the use of solar power at the terminals, use of LED lights and efficient use of air conditioning helped the airport to reduce carbon emissions by 2,200 tonnes annually and an energy savings of about INR 10 crore through use of solar power.

The AAI was aiming to set up solar panels on the land in the airport area but that did not take off immediately though a tender was floated.

In order to upgrade their carbon footprint and to cut pollution, airlines too have commenced to turn to electric vehicles. With new ground handling agencies acquiring, they are expectedly to bring in EVs for baggage handling and aircraft handling.
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