Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport has successfully reduced its carbon footprint significantly and achieved net energy neutrality status in 2020-2021, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) said in a statement. With the help of a series of energy-saving efforts, the airport managed to save around 22 lakh units of electricity, BIAL reported by Indian Express. The BIAL, in its statement, also gave an overview of the measures that have helped the airport to reduce its energy consumption. While 5 lakh units of electricity were saved by lighting, the airport saved 17 lakh units of electricity by optimizing cooling facilities for various critical airport needs including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
The airport has also been able to meet around 98% of its operational and functional needs from non-renewable energy resources alone. Building on the impressive performance in reducing the airport’s carbon footprint, BIAL CEO and CEO Hari Marar, on the eve of World Environment Day, said the airport intends to continue to remain a pioneer in sustainable operations.
The airport, which achieved its energy neutrality status in December 2020, was able to maintain its sustainable operations on the bank of solar installations as well as power purchase agreements with solar and wind energy suppliers. The airport has increased its solar energy consumption to 50 million units from in-situ and ex-situ solar power plants. The airport has also been able to obtain a power purchase agreement for 20 million units of wind power in open access since January 2020.
Thermal power plants that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide, methane, among others, remain one of the main sources of global warming and climate change resulting in multi-faceted natural and human disasters. On the other hand, renewable and clean energy sources such as wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy and tidal energy do not emit GHGs and help to limit global warming.