GVK-CSIA awarded Airport Carbon Accredita

Aviation, Default — By on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai has been awarded the globally recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation for 2012-13 by Airport Council International (ACI) for its pioneering Carbon Footprint Management system and processes implemented. In the Asia Pacific region only eight airports have been awarded with Airport Carbon Accreditation, only five have made it to the Reduction Level, and GVK-CSIA is one of them. The GVK-CSIA has now been upgraded from level 1 (MAPPING) to level 2 (REDUCTION). This certification primarily recognizes GVK-CSIA’s efforts as an airport operator in managing the C02 emissions, as a part of the airport industry’s response to the challenge of climate change. Commenting on CSIA receiving this honour, Mr. GV Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd said, “We are proud to have received this certification as it demonstrates that we are taking action to reduce the carbon emissions we are directly responsible for. The certification is also a reaffirmation of our long term commitment to help lower our environmental impact at CSIA. Having successfully accredited for ‘Mapping’ and ‘Reduction’ under Airport Carbon Accreditation, we are now aiming for the third level of ‘Optimisation’ with the support of all concerned stakeholders.” In 2011, GVK-CSIA had developed a comprehensive Carbon Accounting & Management System in order to achieve Level-1 Accreditation, which was verified by BVCI as per I S O 1 4 0 6 4 : 2 0 0 6 p r o t o c o l .

Additionally, CSIA initiated the process of implementing GHG reduction strategies including preliminary energy saving measures, with a long-term objective to reduce carbon emission intensity and achieve Carbon Neutral Status. In fact during the year, a variety of energy saving initiatives was implemented that have resulted in reduction in carbon emissions. As regards to the Level -2 accreditation, the required criteria such as carbon road map and carbon management plan have already been met by GVKCSIA. Meanwhile, the next level, i.e Level -3 accreditation will be achieved when GVK-CSIA measures, monitors & reports on the emission levels of its stakeholders operating from GVK-CSIA. This achievement comes at a crucial time when both corporates and governments are taking measures to tackle climate change globally.

In India, DGCA have begun accounting Greenhouse gas inventory of the Indian aviation sector. The Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent programme administered by WSP Environment & Energy, an international consultancy appointed by ACI- Europe to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports. In accordance with its guidelines, airports must have carbon footprints independently verified in line with ISO 14064.

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