Hyderabad Airport gets Net Zero Carbon Emissions-ACA level 3+ certificate

Hyderabad Airport gets CARBON NEUTRALITY CERTIFICATE Level 3+ from the Airports Council International (ACI) on 19 April 2017. The prestigious certificate was received by the airport’s Chief Executive Officer S.G.K. Kishore, Chief Operating Officer Manish Sinha and Head (Safety & Environment) Narayanaswamy from the President of ACI-Asia Pacific, Kerri Mather.

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Airport Carbon Accrediation is a Carbon management certificate given to airports by ACI. It evaluates the airports efforts to reduce carbon footprint in four levels.  'Mapping', 'Reduction', 'Optimisation' & 'Neutrality'.

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Hyderabad was awarded with level 3+ i.e The net carbon emissions is zero. It means that the airport facilities either absorbs or offsets the carbon emissions to make the net value zero.

  • The 'Mapping' step of Airport Carbon Accreditation requires carbon footprint measurement.
  • The 'Reduction' step of Airport Carbon Accreditation requires carbon management and progress towards a reduced carbon footprint.
  • The 'Optimization' step of Airport Carbon Accreditation requires third party engagement in carbon footprint reduction. Third parties include airlines and various service providers, for example, independent ground handlers, catering companies, air traffic control and others working on the airport site. It also involves engagement on surface access modes (road, rail) with authorities and users.
  • The 'Neutrality' step of Airport Carbon Accreditation requires neutralizing remaining direct carbon emissions by offsetting.

Delhi Airport has received this certificate in September 2016. It is the first airport to receive carbon neutrality certificate in Asia-Pacific.

Sources: The Hindu, ACA, Business Standard

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