The Mumbai airport on Friday became the first Indian airport to be awarded an international certificate for accounting for its carbon footprints. Bureau Veritas, a UK-based firm with more than two decades of experience in carbon management, gave the ISO-certified award.
Once the city airport successfully completes the next three steps of the accreditation programme, it will be able to offset its carbon footprints through green initiatives. “We are proud to have received this certification as it demonstrates that we are taking visible action to reduce carbon emissions. The certification is also a reaffirmation of our long-term commitment to achieve environmental-friendly and carbon-neutral goals in the long-term,” said Sanjay Reddy, managing director, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL).
Bureau Veritas has designed a four-fold plan for airports to offset their carbon emissions, which comprises mapping carbon footprints, reduction, optimisation and neutralisation.
As part of a global initiative to eliminate carbon emissions in the aviation sector, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in January made it mandatory for airlines and airports to calculate their carbon footprints . “We had begun calculating our carbon emissions six months before the notification, so we were the first to submit airport emission levels on January 31,” said a MIAL spokesperson.
The aviation sector contributes to 2% of man-made carbon emissions globally, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Up to 5% of these emissions are generated by airports. The emissions are from energy used by airport infrastructure, transport to and from airports, and aircraft ground movements.