Indore airport, i.e. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, may soon be renowned for its substantial progress in managing carbon emissions by a global airport body.
Airport authorities plans to apply for carbon management certification programme – ‘Airport Carbon Accreditation’, which is run by Airports Council International (ACI).
It was launched in 2009 and is the only voluntary global carbon management standard for airports. Four Indian airports by now have this rating.
This accreditation identifies efforts of an airport in managing and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through independent assessment and verification.
Airport officials said that the accreditation aims at reducing carbon footprints by implementing cost-effective carbon mitigation action and instituting an environment policy.
“We are in process to apply for a certification from ACI for our airport’s accreditation under the programme,” airport director Aryama Sanyal told TOI.
Airport can participate at four progressively stringent levels of accreditation including – mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality. Four airports – Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi and Trivandrum already have the level 1 (mapping) accreditation.
Indore airport officials said that they accomplish most of the benchmarks and would be able to attain the accreditation of level 3 +.
“We have already implemented most of the necessary measures like PIR motion sensors, rain water harvesting, installation of energy saving LED lights and a solar power plant for energy efficiency, which can be helpful in obtaining the accreditation of level 3 +,” they said.
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