Airports Authority of India (AAI) being the sole Air Navigation Service (ANS) provider and operator of Airports across the country is consistently endeavoring with all required programmes and SOPs to meet the commitment for reduction of carbon emissions and sustainable development by implementing cost-effective carbon mitigation action to conserve environment and reduce adverse impact on society, community and ecosystem, thus contributing to national sustainable development goals.
Airports Council International (ACI), a non-profit organization representing the world`s airports has announced that four AAI airports – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata; Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar; Lal BhadaurShastri International Airport, Varanasi and Trivandrum International Airport have met all the necessary requirements to upgrade to Level 2: “REDUCTION” by constituting Carbon Management Plan and reducing the carbon emissions at airports as per the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Programme.
In line with national as well as global climate change initiatives, AAI has initiated a carbon management program at four of these airports with the objective of ensuring sustainable development of the aviation industry. The airport can participate at 04 progressively level of accreditation – Level 1: Mapping, Level 2: Reduction, Level 3: Optimisation, Level 3+: Neutrality. Carbon mapping occurs when the airport has a policy commitment to emissions reduction and development of a Carbon Footprint for the airport’s scope-1 & scope-2 emissions, which are under its control. Carbon reduction occurs when the airport shows a reduction in carbon emissions as compared to base year. AAI had achieved Level-1 accreditation during December 2018 for these four airports and has upgraded now to the next level of accreditation i.e. Level 2: Reduction.
Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme has been developed and launched by Airport Council International (ACI). It is the voluntary Global Carbon Management Standard for Airports. The aim of airport accreditation is to encourage and enable airports to implement best practices in carbon management, with the ultimate objective of becoming carbon neutral. Airport Carbon Accreditation is developed in line with GHG Protocol and ISO 14064 principles.
Achievement of accreditation for carbon reduction is indeed recognition of a great teamwork. With this achievement, AAI has set up a new benchmark towards the fulfilment of environmental obligations by reducing the carbon footprint. Going forward AAI is focusing on energy conservation and exploring alternative solutions for generating green energy.