India : AAI, efforts to make eco-friendly airports

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Energy efficiency, in fact, has been another trending fad in the construction of airports. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken one step further towards making all the airports eco-friendly. Airports everywhere in India are heeding the call to go greener through ambitious environmental initiatives by AAI in an effort to tackle climate change.

According to Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman of Airports Authority of India, the association commits to create a sustainable environment by planning for more green building design and construction. AAI is also planning to move towards solar energy power and build solar facilities for most of their establishments. This commitment aims make all airport facilities eco-friendly.

Chandigarh Airport – the first airport said to be employed with eco-friendly technologies – spreads over 53,000 sq.m and has been designed around the green building concept. The premise uses natural daylighting and 40% LED lights, while the facade of this airport is equipped with transparent glass root for low-heat gain glass which automatically reduces the need for a large amount of air conditioning. 200 KW of solar panels and water harvesting plan are installed as one of its green features.

Besides Chandigarh Airport, other cities in India such as Kolkata, Cochin, Vadodara and Calicut have all committed to greener airports and being eco-friendly to reduce CO2 emissions in their respective cities.

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