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GMR’s Delhi Airport becomes first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve carbon neutral status
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27  September, 2016
  • Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International upgraded Delhi Airport to "Level 3+ , Neutrality"
  • Level 3+, Neutrality - the highest level of environmental achievement available to the airports worldwide focussing climate change
  • Delivers on its commitment of achieving sustainable solutions for Aviation Climate Change mitigations made at LPAA-COP 21

Delhi Airport, managed by Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group led consortium, today announced that it has become the first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve Carbon Neutral status.

The announcement has been made by Airports Council International (ACI) during the Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate presentation ceremony in Montreal, Canada, today, where Mr I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL received the prestigious certificate. The same body awarded Delhi Airport the world’s number one position (in 25-40 million passengers per annum category) twice in a row under the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme.

The Chief Executive Officer of GMR Group’s Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), Mr I Prabhakara Rao said: “Achievement of the accreditation for Carbon Neutrality is indeed recognition of a great team work. Today we have delivered on our commitment of achieving sustainable solutions for Aviation Climate Change mitigations made at LPAA-COP 21 last year through carbon neutrality. With this achievement, we have set up new benchmark for other airports in this region to follow.

Going forward we are focussing on energy conservation and exploring alternative solution for generating green energy. Delhi Airport aims to increase its solar power generation capacity to 20 MW by 2020,” added Mr. Rao.

The globally reputed Airport Carbon Accreditation has upgraded Delhi Airport to "Level 3+, Neutrality", which is the highest level of achievement available to airports across the world. Carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon emissions over an entire year is zero. This means the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of emission that was generated. This achievement is accredited by ACI under Airport Carbon Accreditation that monitors the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Mrs. Patti Chau said, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the team at Delhi Airport in achieving the carbon neutral airport status under Airport Carbon Accreditation. We are extremely delighted to welcome the first airport in our region with such achievement. Level 3+, Neutrality is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports under the programme and it is recognition of the airport's great effort in reducing and offsetting emissions. We are proud of Delhi Airport's achievement and its commitment to sustainability which has set a good example for airports in the region.

The 39th ICAO Assembly, which is coinciding with this event, also explores avenues of attaining climate change mitigation solution amongst the member nations.

At IGIA, DIAL has taken the proactive approach towards environment management and sustainability development. Terminal 3 of Delhi Airport is a LEED Gold certified green building. The energy efficiency measures implemented in IGIA has been registered in UNFCCC as Clean Development Mechanism project. DIAL has also set up 7.84 MW solar power plants to reduce GHG emission. Other energy efficient and environment friendly infrastructures at the airport include state of the art Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and Water treatment plant (WTP), energy efficient Bridge Mounted Equipment (BMEs), energy efficient lighting systems, advanced fuel hydrant systems, Fixed Electric Ground Power Units (FEGP) and Preconditioned Air (PCA) supply systems. The various emission saving measures implemented in DIAL have resulted in 51% reduction in specific GHG emission (kgCO2/Pax) during the last five years.

IGI Airport is the first Airport in the world to be certified for ISO 50001:2011. This airport is also certified for Environment Management System (ISO 14001:2004). Delhi Airport has won numerous awards and recognitions including Green Company – Platinum Award and National Award for Excellence in Energy management – 2015 by CII--Green Business Center, Golden Peacock Environment Management Award and Golden Peacock Sustainability Award – 2015 by Institute of Directors for its exemplary performance towards environmental sustainability initiatives.

About DIAL

The GMR Group led, Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) is a consortium comprising of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India and Fraport. The consortium has a mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi Airport for 30 years with an option to extend it by another 30 years. It has truly proven to be a shining example of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Make in India. Delhi Airport has been adjudged as World No. 1 Airport by Airports Council International’s (ACI) for two successive years - 2014 & 2015 in the category of 25-40 million passengers per annum (mppa). DIAL completed the modernization of Delhi’s IGI Airport including the commissioning of Terminal 3 (T3) - India’s largest building post-independence in a record time of 37 months.

The passenger Terminals managed by DIAL are recognised for their state-of-the-art infrastructure, design and operational efficiency. T3 serves as a hub for many carriers and has truly redefined the way Indian passengers fly. Delhi Airport is a leading Indian airport both in Passenger and Cargo capabilities with an annual traffic of 48.4 mppa and Cargo tonnage of over 0.76 million tons.

DIAL lays strong emphasis on green sustainable technologies and has won numerous awards and recognitions for the environmental sustainability initiatives.

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About GMR Infrastructure Limited:

GMR Group is a leading global infrastructure conglomerate with interests in Airport, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure. The group has fifteen power generation projects of which ten are operational and five are under development and construction stages. Besides, it has nine operating road assets and a double rail track line between Mughalsarai-New Bhaupur (Kanpur) of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is under development.

GMR Group developed and operates India’s busiest and currently World’s No1 Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and Greenfield Rajiv Gandhi international airport at Hyderabad. It has also bagged right to develop and operate Goa’s Greenfield Mopa airport. GMR Infrastructure in partnership with Megawide Construction Corporation is developing Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Philippines. The Group is also developing two Special Investment Regions at Krishnagiri and Kakinada and India’s largest Smart Airport City near Hyderabad International Airport.

GMR Group, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, carries out community-based development initiatives at 22 different locations in the areas of education; health, hygiene and sanitation; empowerment and livelihoods; and community development.

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