The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi has received a level 4+ accreditation of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program by the Airports Council International. It is now the best airport in India to have effective carbon emission reduction management in the Asia Pacific.
In the Annual ACI Europe Congress, it was declared that two airports namely the Indira Gandhi International Airport in India and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the United States of achieving Level 4+ transition accreditation.
Earlier in 2016, the Delhi airport had become the first carbon-neutral airport. Now, they are aiming to become the Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by 2030.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation is a global standard for Carbon management that indicates the best implementation of Greenhouse Gas Management and emission reduction practices. In 2016, the Delhi Airport had achieved level 3+ accreditation but now has secured the highest level of accreditation.
Earlier there were only three levels of accreditation but the Airports council International in 2020, added two more levels to the carbon accreditation program. They have introduced the levels in alignment with the Paris agreement of 2016 on Climate Change that is concerned with the greenhouse gas emission reduction, finance and adaptation. ‘The airport is a pioneer in sustainability in their region & is now setting its climate goals in alignment with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, Airports Council International added.
The CEO of the Delhi International Airport Limited, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said that the level 4+ accreditation is the evidence of their commitment to sustainable development. They are further encouraged to develop infrastructure and provide services with the latest scientific advancements and innovative technologies. The next benchmark for them to achieve is the Net Zero Carbon Emission by 2030.