The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has recently disclosed that 66 airports in India have successfully transitioned to operating on 100 percent green energy, marking a significant stride toward fostering environmental sustainability within the aviation sector.
The announcement was conveyed by Gen (Dr) VK Singh (Retd) in a written response to an inquiry in the Rajya Sabha, underscoring the government’s unwavering commitment to mitigating the carbon footprint of India’s aviation industry.
As a part of this overarching initiative, MoCA has implemented a standardised carbon accounting and reporting framework across all Indian airports. Airport operators with scheduled operations have been expressly instructed to meticulously assess carbon emissions at their respective airports and progressively work towards achieving carbon neutrality and net-zero emissions.
Furthermore, MoCA has provided guidance to developers involved in upcoming greenfield airports and the corresponding State Governments, urging them to prioritise Carbon Neutrality and Net Zero, with a particular emphasis on embracing green energy solutions.
This strategic move has already yielded commendable results, with major airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru attaining Level 4+ and higher Airports International Council (ACI) Accreditation, thereby achieving Carbon neutrality.