IGI Undertakes More 'Green' Measures
Posted Fri, Apr 6th, 2012
The Indira Gandhi Internation al Airport here has initiated measures like using recycled papers at its premises in a bid to become a ‘green airport’. After putting in place some of the green initiatives like rainwater harvesting, use of natural lights and efforts to reduce emissions, the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), has now decided to use recycled papers in its offices. For this, DIAL has entered into an agreement with an NGO ‘Jaagruti’, which will recycle the waste recycled paper. “The collected wastepaper would be systematically graded and transported to the recycling mill. There it would be processed to make different quality of recycled paper by using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleaching technology,” a DIAL spokesperson said.
This would save 17 trees, 26,281 litres of water, 264 kg of air pollution, 1,752 litres of oil, 4077 KW hours of energy, 82.62 cubic feet of landfill space, he claimed. As a part of the initiative, DIAL shared one tonne of paper waste for recycling to Jaagruti. “DIAL is committed to conducting its business in an environment-friendly and sustainable manner at IGI airport by minimising the impact of our activities on the environment and community. Environment Management is an integral part of our business strategy towards achieving credibility and business sustainability,” DIAL CEO I Prabhakar Rao said. DIAL had already installed rainwater harvesting wells to collect rain water and developed water sustainable operation. It has already replaced 200 conventional lights of 70 watts each with 40 watt LED lights, which has reduced the energy consumption.
Also, the halogen lights of centre line of taxiway has been replaced with LEDs. As part of its carbon emission reduction efforts, DIAL has been using fixed electrical group power, CNG-operated vehicles. IGI airport has received LEED GOLD certificate from Indian Green Building Council for the Terminal 3 building, ISO 14001 certified system by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and Energy Management System (ISO 50001:2011) certification by British Standards Institution (BSI). DIAL is the first Airport in the world to be certified for ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management system.