Indore airport, also known as Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport is reportedly looking to tap solar power to cut CO2 emission.
Airport authorities planning to apply for ‘Airport Carbon Accreditation’, a carbon management certification programme which is run by Airports Council International (ACI). This accreditation recognizes efforts of an airport in managing and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through independent assessment and verification.
Four Indian airports Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi and Trivandrum already have this rating.
Airport officials said that the accreditation aims at reducing carbon footprints by implementing cost-effective carbon mitigation action and instituting an environment policy.
Airport director Aryama Sanyal speaking to TOI said “We are in process to apply for a certification from ACI for our airport’s accreditation under the programme.”
Airport can participate at four progressively stringent levels of accreditation including – mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality.
Indore airport fulfills most of the criteria and have already implemented necessary measures like PIR motion sensors, rain water harvesting, installation of energy saving LED lights and a solar power plant for energy efficiency and this would help the airport achieve the accreditation of level 3 +.
According to the report the authorities earlier planed to obtain IGBC’s Green Existing Building rating for airport building , however they dropped it to apply for ACI’s airport carbon accreditation.