In our pursuit to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport status by 2030, we, at Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Airports Infrastructure Limited-led consortium, have deployed 57 Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the airport and its vicinity. DIAL is in the process of deploying another 7 vehicles shortly. With this, DIAL has deployed the largest EV program by any airport in India.
The EVs have been deployed as a part of the unique Green Transportation Program that DIAL announced during World Environment Day in June 2022. The deployment of EVs will help in reducing approximately 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
As a part of the Green Transportation Program, DIAL has initiated the adoption of electric vehicles and drive out all diesel and petrol-run vehicles in a phased manner.
In the first phase, we have placed the order for 64 electric vehicles for our airside and landside operations. Of these, we have received 57 EVs and deployed them on the airside and landside. Seven more EVs would be deployed soon.
Of these 57 EVs, 21 are being deployed on the airside and would be used by Airside operations, Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting and AGL teams, while the remaining 36 would be used by various DIAL departments which include Environment, Horticulture, and Cargo, etc. on the landside.
The Green Transportation programme aims at enabling DIAL the swift transition to green mobility, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and helping Delhi Airport become a “Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport” (NZCEA) by 2030.
For the smooth adoption of electric mobility at the airport ecosystem, Delhi Airport has 12 charging stations with 22 charging points across the airport to facilitate EV charging of passengers, employees and cab service providers. Under this program, DIAL worked with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to install airport-specific equipment in the EVs.
We, at DIAL, are working closely with the airport stakeholders for the adoption of EVs at the Airport. In addition to the newly introduced EVs, DIAL has also facilitated the use of electric buses for the transportation of passengers between Terminal 3 and the Passenger Transport Centre (PTC) building. These buses currently ferry passengers on a regular interval of 20 minutes between these two locations.
“Ensuring sustainable development through environmental protection is one of the key focus areas of DIAL. DIAL has committed to becoming a ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by 2030’. The deployment of electric vehicles for managing airport operations is a first-of-its-kind initiative by any Indian airport. It is a step forward to achieving the self-set goal. When packaged with appropriate ground support technology and infrastructure, electric mobility presents a viable alternative for reducing vehicular emissions at the airport. We have also set up EV charging stations and plan to add more such stations in a phased manner to support the growing need,” said CEO-DIAL, Mr Videh Kumar Jaipuriar.
DIAL is accredited to the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, “Transition – Level 4+” and administered by Airport Council International (ACI).