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Delhi Airport - Flying Green Vibes on #WorldEnvironmentDay

Delhi Airport - Flying Green Vibes on #WorldEnvironmentDay

5th June 2023

Delhi Airport is fully committed to conducting its operations in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner. On this World Environment Day, we proudly highlight our proactive measures to reduce plastic usage wherever possible. Join us in our collective endeavour to create a greener future by reducing plastic waste. Together, let's make a lasting positive impact.

In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). It is the global platform celebrated by millions of people across the world to promote awareness of our environmental challenges such as air pollution, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, and food security, among others.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day. The theme for World Environment Day on 5 June 2023 will focus on solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution. It is a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matter. The steps governments and businesses are taking to tackle plastic pollution are the consequence of this action.

As per UNEP, more than 430 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once. Of that, less than 10 per cent is recycled. An estimated 19-23 million tonnes end up in lakes, rivers and seas annually. That is approximately the weight of 2,200 Eiffel Towers altogether. With available science and solutions to tackle the problem, governments, companies and other stakeholders must scale up and speed up actions to solve this crisis. This underscores the importance of this World Environment Day in mobilizing transformative action from every corner of the world.

To support environmental protection, Mission Lifestyle For Environment (LiFE) was introduced as an India-led global mass movement for “mindful and deliberate utilization” to protect and preserve the environment. Mission LiFE seeks to channel the efforts of individuals and communities into a global mass movement of positive behavioural change under the following 7 themes i.e. Save Energy, Save Water, Say No to Single Use Plastic, Adopt Sustainable Lifestyle, Reduce Waste, Adopt Healthy Lifestyles, Reduce E-Waste.

At DIAL, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development are important components of the overall planning and implementation of business activities. We strive to be a leader in Environment Sustainability Management by adopting environment-friendly initiatives. We have developed robust policies, governance and procedures to achieve our commitment to “Care for Environment”. As a part of global engagement on World Environment Day, at DIAL, every year we conduct awareness programs through communication, creative displays and tree plantations. This year more than 250 trees are being planted starting from June 5th in a phase-wise manner, saplings distribution to employees, awareness campaign through digital and social media etc. are being carried out.

Some of our environment-friendly infrastructures, initiatives and recognitions are -

  • Green Building Certification for Terminal 3 (LEED Gold, IGBC Platinum, ARC Platinum, PEER Platinum)
  • Carbon Neutral Airport under Airport Carbon Accreditation of ACI with a target of Net Zero by 2030
  • Use of renewable energy from 7.84 MW Solar power plant and open access renewable energy from hydro plant
  • Single use plastic free airport
  • Green area development by using native and adaptive plants.
  • Effective waste management programs to ensure waste diversion from landfills.
  • 16.6 MLD Sewage treatment plant, efficient water network and irrigation system.
  • More than 350 rainwater harvesting structure and 300+ being developed
  • 02 underground reservoirs for rainwater harvesting with storage capacity of 9 million litres of rainwater
  • Implementation of operational efficiency improvement measures such as A-CDM, TaxiBoT etc.
  • Implementation of alternate fuel vehicles- Electric buses and has replaced >95% of its vehicle fleets with Electric Vehicles
  • Low carbon technologies such as Bridge Mounted Equipment (FEGP & PCA), Fuel Hydrant System etc.
  • Certified to Environment & Energy Management Systems as per ISO
  • DIAL has received Wings India Environment & Sustainability Award 2022 & FICCI Water Award in 2022
  • DIAL achieved PEER Platinum as the first Airport globally
  • DIAL received ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airport Recognition 2023- Silver Level for Single-Use Plastic Elimination

Environment Day is a great opportunity to reconnect with our nature. While our individual actions do make a difference, our collective actions at IGIA will definitively create transformative environmental change at the global level. It is an opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere!


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