Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport has received accreditation for carbon reduction initiatives by a global agency that benchmarks efforts by airports worldwide to become carbon neutral and environment friendly.
Last year, the city airport had met the necessary requirements to enter Level 1 mapping of the institutionally-endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports.
This is now the second level of certification that recognises the carbon reduction initiatives. The airport are two more levels to go: carbon optimisation and carbon neutrality.
Among the measures taken by Kolkata airport is to generate a big chunk of its power requirements from sustainable sources. The airport has a 15MWp ground mounted solar installed capacity and 2MWp rooftop mounted solar plant.
In addition, it has sensor-based energy saving electrical fixtures and systems installed in the terminal. in addition, construction of a new taxiway is under process that will reduce ground movement of aircraft, thereby leading to major fuel saving and reduce carbon emission.
In the terminal, Airports Authority of India has taken measures to reduce water use and wastage. It has adopted another pro-green initiative in doing away with single use plastic in the terminal, including the food court.
“The airport is a uniquely complicated space, typically bringing together hundreds of companies, thousands of vehicles and millions of passengers. airlines, air traffic control, ground handlers, baggage handlers, catering companies, refuelling trucks, passenger shuttle transport, airport maintenance services, emergency services, police, retailers. Getting everyone to work towards meeting the goal of carbon reduction and moving towards carbon neutrality is a challenge that we are committed to succeed,” said an airport official.
Source: Times of India