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Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport achieves carbon neutral status

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has become the second Asia-Pacific gateway to achieve carbon neutral status in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The gateway follows in the footsteps of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in achieving Level 3+, Neutrality status under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

SGK Kishore, CEO of operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), called the achievement "significant".

“Level 3+ Neutrality status is a significant achievement for Hyderabad Airport and is the outcome of our sustained efforts towards the environment," he noted.
"These efforts include proactive energy conservation measures, generation of renewable energy (Solar), carbon sinking through extensive greenbelt and various other environment protection measures with the active support of the airport’s stakeholders.

"Through this, GHIAL has demonstrated its commitment to support the government of India’s resolution on the nation’s carbon footprint and oblige to COP 21 Global Climate Agreement with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in April 2016.”    
Under the programme, carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon emissions over an entire year is zero. This means the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of emission that was generated. 

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Mrs. Patti Chau said: “Congratulations to the Hyderabad Airport’s team for the excellent achievement in becoming carbon neutral under Airport Carbon Accreditation.

"We are proud of Hyderabad Airport’s accomplishment which is no easy task.
"The achievement demonstrates the airport’s continuous commitment to reduce its environmental impacts and reduce and offset emissions. 

"ACI will continue to work with our airport members in their journey towards carbon neutrality which is crucial for the long-term development of our industry.”



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