New Delhi: A total of 55 airports in India are consuming 100 percent green energy, said Gen (Retd) (Dr) VK Singh, Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday. In a written response to a question raised in the House, the minister said that 86 airports across the country are using green energy, out of which 55 airports are consuming 100 percent green energy. “The use of conventional sources of energy is the prime source of carbon emission at airports and thus replacing non-renewable energy with green energy helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the airport,” he added.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has advised all operational airports with scheduled operations and developers of the upcoming greenfield airports to work towards achieving carbon neutrality and Net Zero, which inter-alia includes the use of green energy.
The list of these 86 airports includes, Agartala, Guwahati, Imphal, Silchar, Tezu, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bareilley, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Trichy, Trivandrum, Dehradun, Delhi, Hindon, Jaipur, Jammu, Gaya, Patna, Ranchi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur (Chakeri), Kanpur (Civil), Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Kangra, Kullu, Leh, Shimla, Mumbai, Shirdi, Sholapur, among others.
Airports across the globe are continuously focusing on the use of renewable/green energy. As per the Accreditation programme of the Airports Council International (ACI), airports like Heathrow, Bristol & London Gatwick in United Kingdom (UK), Amsterdam in Netherland, Athens in Greece, Oslo in Norway, Brussels in Belgium, Budapest in Hungary, Copenhagen in Denmark, San Diego in United States, Vancouver in Canada, Sharjah in United Arab Emirates etc. have achieved Carbon Neutrality by using a series of measures which also include use of green/renewable energy.