The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, flagged off the #ACT4EARTH initiative at the Terminal 3 of Delhi IGI Airport, with an objective to create awareness among common people for the noble cause of energy efficiency. This initiative took place on the heels of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), a flagship event, scheduled to organise by The Energyand Resources Institute (TERI) from October 5 to 8, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
“The hash tag #Act4Earth is a great initiative on Gandhi Jayanti. It is all of our responsibility to dedicate ourselves to sustainability to make this Earth a better, livable planet for all its inhabitants,” said the minister. This initiative is a joint effort among TERI, GMR Group, the lead consortium member in DIAL which operates IGI Airport in Delhi and the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). As part of this initiative, a photo booth was set-up at the T3 Airport in New Delhi, inviting people to pledge their commitment towards environmental protection and sustainable development.
Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman Airports, GMR Group, assured of GMR’s commitment and focus on energy efficiency. “We strongly believe that the collaborative approach is the key for combating climate change. As part of our extensive strategy on Sustainability and much in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision we have taken various efficiency initiatives. These include green infrastructure such as, Solar Power Generation, Water and Waste Management initiatives.”
Recently, DIAL won the accolade of Delhi Airport being the first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve Carbon Neutral status at ACI event in Montreal, Canada. The globally reputed Airport Carbon Accreditation has upgraded Delhi Airport to “Level 3+, Neutrality which is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports across the world under this programme.
Government of India has commitments in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to reduce emission intensity by 33–35% between 2005 and 2030. This is in addition to commitments to alter the energy mix and increasing the capacity of renewable energy to 40% by2030, enhancing energy efficiency and increasing carbon taxation.