Monday, March 22, 2021

Chennai airport cuts carbon footprint

Chennai: In a bid to cut emissions and costs, Chennai airport has kickstarted a series of green initiatives — use of solar energy at the terminals, use of LED fittings and efficient use of air conditioning and other utilities.

These steps have helped the airport cut carbon emissions by 2,200 tonnes per year and an energy savings of ?10 crore through use of solar power.

The airport is using solar energy to meet 50% of its requirement. “This is drawn from 1.5MWp roof top solar plant and purchase of 35lakh units of solar power from an outside agency,” he added.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already changed 98% of its conventional electrical fittings into LED. This has led to a energy savings to the tune of ?1.50crore. The rest of the fittings will be converted to LED by the end of this month, said an official.

The new terminal, which will be commissioned by the end of the year, will comply with the Griha rating for green buildings set by the Union ministry of renewable energy.

Encouraged by the government's push to cut emissions, airlines too have begun using electric shuttle buses, pushback vehicles and baggage trolleys to save fuel and cut pollution. However, a large number of shuttle buses are still being run using diesel. In such cases, new and fuel-efficient vehicles are being used, said an airline official.

22/03/21 V Ayyappan/Times of India

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