In its journey towards becoming a green airline state-run carrier Air India has reduced its fuel consumption by 12.5 per cent in 2008-09 to 57.38 million from 18.1 million kg a year ago. The reduction is largely due to the adoption of a new energy policy that has also helped the airline reduce its carbon emissions significantly.
“By adopting a more efficient energy policy the airline brought in important changes in its operational techniques, equipment setting, fuel management, flight planning, engine maintenance and cabin weight management,” a release issued by the airline said.
Similar procedures adopted in operational areas have helped the airline reduce its carbon emissions in a big way. “A total carbon dioxide saving of 237,755,146 kgs. has been achieved from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009,” the release said.
According to the release the European Union Trading Scheme (ETS) has mandated for the aviation industry that all flights with origin or destination in the European Union will have to be necessarily covered by the scheme.
Air India has already submitted the ETS plans for the annual emission.
A steering committee for green initiatives has also been set up in the airline to monitor fuel efficiency and reduction in carbon emission.