Raja Bhoj Airport achieves carbon neutrality with renewable energy
Raja Bhoj Airport achieves carbon neutrality with renewable energy
AVIATION & AIRPORTS

Raja Bhoj Airport achieves carbon neutrality with renewable energy

Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal has set a remarkable example by becoming one of the few airports in India to operate solely on renewable energy. This achievement has propelled the airport to Level 2+ Carbon Accreditation, as recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI). Airports have long been recognised as significant contributors to carbon emissions due to their substantial energy requirements. However, airports across the country are taking decisive steps towards reducing their environmental impact by transitioning to renewable energy sources. Raja Bhoj Airport's success serves as a significant milestone in this endeavour.

According to the Director of the airport, Ram Jee Awasthi, Bhopal Airport has had a 1 MW ground-mounted solar power plant since 2017. Additionally, a carport solar power plant was commissioned in February 2023, further enhancing its renewable energy generation capacity. Awasthi highlighted the airport's commitment to energy conservation through the use of LED lights, VFD operated AHUs (air handling units), eco-friendly air conditioning refrigerators, energy-efficient motors, and cooling towers. In the fiscal year 2022-23, the solar plants generated 1,337,596 units of electricity, resulting in the reduction of 1,060 tons of CO2 emissions.

In India, there are a total of 148 operational airports, including 137 airports, two water aerodromes, and nine heliports. The goal is to achieve carbon neutrality across all operational airports by 2024, as set by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Carbon-neutral airports operate entirely on renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro power, thereby eliminating their carbon footprints. They also adopt various sustainable practices, including wastewater recycling, LED lighting, and the purchase of carbon credits to offset any remaining CO2 emissions.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation program, established by the ACI, serves as a global standard for carbon management in airports. It promotes the adoption of green practices and encourages the pursuit of carbon neutrality. Raja Bhoj Airport's accomplishment demonstrates the aviation industry's commitment to sustainable practices and serves as an inspiration for other airports to follow suit. By embracing renewable energy and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives, airports can play a crucial role in mitigating climate change and building a greener future for air travel.

Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal has set a remarkable example by becoming one of the few airports in India to operate solely on renewable energy. This achievement has propelled the airport to Level 2+ Carbon Accreditation, as recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI). Airports have long been recognised as significant contributors to carbon emissions due to their substantial energy requirements. However, airports across the country are taking decisive steps towards reducing their environmental impact by transitioning to renewable energy sources. Raja Bhoj Airport's success serves as a significant milestone in this endeavour. According to the Director of the airport, Ram Jee Awasthi, Bhopal Airport has had a 1 MW ground-mounted solar power plant since 2017. Additionally, a carport solar power plant was commissioned in February 2023, further enhancing its renewable energy generation capacity. Awasthi highlighted the airport's commitment to energy conservation through the use of LED lights, VFD operated AHUs (air handling units), eco-friendly air conditioning refrigerators, energy-efficient motors, and cooling towers. In the fiscal year 2022-23, the solar plants generated 1,337,596 units of electricity, resulting in the reduction of 1,060 tons of CO2 emissions. In India, there are a total of 148 operational airports, including 137 airports, two water aerodromes, and nine heliports. The goal is to achieve carbon neutrality across all operational airports by 2024, as set by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Carbon-neutral airports operate entirely on renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro power, thereby eliminating their carbon footprints. They also adopt various sustainable practices, including wastewater recycling, LED lighting, and the purchase of carbon credits to offset any remaining CO2 emissions. The Airport Carbon Accreditation program, established by the ACI, serves as a global standard for carbon management in airports. It promotes the adoption of green practices and encourages the pursuit of carbon neutrality. Raja Bhoj Airport's accomplishment demonstrates the aviation industry's commitment to sustainable practices and serves as an inspiration for other airports to follow suit. By embracing renewable energy and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives, airports can play a crucial role in mitigating climate change and building a greener future for air travel.

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