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India is going big on its commitment to net zero emission and switching as fast as possible to green energy in every sphere of business. In tune with this mission, several Indian airports are switching to green energy, and the Centre has kept a target of turning 90 airports carbon-neutral by 2024. India aims to reach net zero emissions by 2070.

In June this year, the international airport in New Delhi adopted green energy, using only hydro and solar power for all of its energy needs. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Infrastructure Limited-led (GIL) consortium, which manages and operates the Delhi airport, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with a Himachal Pradesh-based hydropower producing company for the supply of hydroelectricity to the airport until 2036.

Since June 1, the Delhi airport has adopted renewable energy from the hydropower plant for the remaining 94% of its energy demand, thus ending its dependency on non-renewable power. This move will help Delhi airport reduce indirect energy emissions of a whopping 200,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Besides, DIAL has a 7.84 MW solar power plant on the airside. Also, as part of the stakeholder collaboration, operators of the Cargo terminals at the airport have added another 5.3 MW rooftop solar power plant.

Working to make the aviation sector environment-friendly, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia recently informed that by 2024, more than 90 airports in the country would be carbon-neutral. The minister also added that the number of airports would also increase from the current strength of 141 to 220 by next year.

Cochin International Airport became the first ‘green airport’ in the world, for which it was awarded the ‘Champions of Earth’ award in 2018, the United Nation’s highest environmental honour.

The airport entirely operates on solar power, which meets all its electricity requirements. This is no small feat as the Cochin airport stands to be one of the most important airports for India and the rest of the world. It is the largest airport in Kerala and the seventh largest in India in terms of passenger handling.

Installing the first solar photovoltaic power station plant on the rooftop of the arrival terminal block way back in 2013 turned out to be a trendsetter. Since then, it has not looked back, adding several more solar power units to maximise energy production and produce enough for all its needs. It is also the first-ever airport in India to be developed under a public-private partnership.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has entirely switched to green sources for its energy consumption needs, making it one of India’s 100% sustainable airports.

The CSMIA was the first in India to launch hybrid technology solely running on green energy since April 2022. This sustainable initiative undertaken by the CSMIA is part of the airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and further propel its journey towards net-zero emissions. Out of the total 100% needs, the CSMIA procures around 5% of the airport’s electricity requirement through its onsite solar generation and 95% from other green sources such as hydro and wind energy.

The CSMIA witnessed a rise in natural energy procurement, with 57% green consumption in April 2022 to a whopping 98% between May and July. And finally, it attained the landmark 100% utilisation of renewable energy sources in August 2022, a national daily reported.

A transition to clean energy is a huge economic opportunity. India is well-placed to become a global leader in renewable batteries and green hydrogen. These and other low-carbon technologies could create a market worth $80 billion in India by 2030. A paper by the International Energy Agency stated that support from the international community is essential to help shift India’s development onto a low-carbon path.

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