Delhi’s airport and Metro system have both been recognised for their ‘green’ initiatives.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) became the first Indian company to bag the World Green Building Council award for demonstrating “Industry Leadership in Sustainability”.
The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport’s Terminal 3 on the other hand was awarded ‘Platinum’ rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
The award was conferred to DMRC for its work in spurring green building activities in both construction and operations of the Delhi metro.
“The award committee considered the initiatives taken by Delhi metro in the field of environmental sustainability by following ‘management by objectives’ approach towards climate change, green in-built environment, energy efficiency, clean development mechanism (CDM), solar power, etc. DMRC operations are already carbon neutral which means that Delhi Metro reduces more carbon than it emits,” a metro spokesperson said.
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium which manages and operates IGI airport, informed that the airport’s T3 has become the first ‘Platinum’ rated green terminal in India under the IGBC “Green Existing Building O&M Rating System”.
DIAL has set up a 7.84MW solar power plant to reduce GHG emission. “Further, DIAL has planned to increase the total solar power capacity to 20MW by 2020,” said an official.
Other efficient and environment friendly infrastructures at the airport include state of the art zero discharge sewage treatment plant and water treatment plant, number of rain water harvesting structures, energy efficient bridge mounted equipment, energy efficient lighting systems, advanced fuel hydrant systems, fixed electric ground power units and preconditioned air supply systems.