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Green Skies Initiatives

We at GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) consider environmental protection as an integral part of our business and are committed to conducting our business in an environment-friendly and sustainable manner, in line with our Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs and Corporate Policies. As part of this commitment, we have taken the following green initiatives:-

1. Greening the Airport:
To maintain ecological balance at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), green belt has been developed in an area of 273 hectares with various plant species and 971 hectares of natural greenery has been left undisturbed. RGIA received the best landscape award from the State Govt. in the years 2011 and 2012. We also won it in 2013 and 2014.

2. Energy conservation:
RGIA has achieved energy saving of 3.97million kWh (kilowatt hour) in the last four years from various energy conservation practices, thus reducing carbon footprint by about 3331 tons per annum. RGIA received “Certificate of Merit” in National Energy Conservation Awards 2011 from Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt. of India and "Excellent Energy Efficiency unit" in National Energy Management Award 2014 from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for its achievements.

3. Greenhouse Gas Management and Airport Carbon Accreditation programme:
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory has been conducted since 2009 and the same was verified and validated by a third party in line with ISO 14064: 2006 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification, Reporting and its Removal) requirements. RGIA has reduced scope 1 and scope 2 emissions over the years.

In recognition of carbon emission reduction achieved in 2010 and 2011, GHIAL received ‘Level 2 – reduction’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2012. In 2012, the scope of the GHG was extended to the stakeholders (Aircraft LTO & ground handlers vehicles) which helped RGIA to obtain 'Level 3 – Optmisation' Airport Carbon Accreditation in the year 2013. RGIA became the 1st Airport in the country and 2nd airport in the Asia Pacific Region to get the level 3 accreditation.

4. Green Buildings:
The RGIA Passenger Terminal Building has ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) certification for its unique design, which allows maximum natural lighting, and other features that enable optimal use of energy and water.

5. Wastewater reuse & recycle:
Wastewater is being treated in Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at site and being reused for flushing and plantation. Sludge from STP is being used as manure.

6. Rainwater harvesting:
At RGIA, the rainwater net recharge is estimated at 1.729 million cubic metre per annum. Surface water use and several water saving measures contribute to water conservation.

7. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management:
Food waste generated from the airport is converted as compost on the site, which is used as manure in place of Chemical Fertilizers. Paper, plastic waste, Used Oil and Used grease are handed over to recyclers for reprocess and reuse. Used lead acid batteries are handed over to dealers on buyback basis whereas Biomedical waste is being handed to the authorised agencies for proper disposal.

8. ISO 14001:2004 (International Environmental Management System)
RGIA is ISO 14001: 2004 certified as a part of IMS certification.

9. Environmental Quality Monitoring:
RGIA is the first airport in the Country to commission an integrated online continuous environmental monitoring station. With this facility, the ambient air quality parameters, ambient noise levels and meteorological parameters are monitored on real-time basis.

10. Environment Community Support:
GMR has a CSR arm – GMRVF. The Foundation works in several surrounding villages with the aim of participatory rural development and strengthening of village communities and their institutions. Several vocational training programmes are conducted for youth.

Some key training programs targeting towards environmental conservation include making of jute bags and training for landscape maintenance. The foundation also conducts awareness programmes on environmental conservation for school children.

11. Udyannam - RGIA, as part of promoting greening even beyond its campus, has a shop at the arrivals for selling plants, under the brand name of Udyannam. These plants are reared at GHIAL nursery and marketed through this outlet, thus cultivating a culture of ‘green gifting’!!

12. Environmental Promotion: RGIA very actively promotes environmental awareness to the airport community and to the passengers by observing various days like World Environment Day, World Forestry Day, Ozone Layer Protection Day, Earth Day, etc., .

13. Environmental Portal:
GHIAL – Environmental Compliance team compiles information pertaining to environment from its internal departments and stakeholders to monitor the key performance indicators of the airport to assess the health of the airport environment. In this connection, an online Environmental Portal has been established to maintain a centralized environmental data base for RGIA. This portal which will enable us to monitor the environmental compliance status of the airport in an effective manner. It is also simplifies the data management and enhances the availability of environmental information to the internal stakeholders. The entire process is essential to move towards achieving environmental sustainability. The airport had also obtained Environmental Clearance for 25 MPPA handling capacity in 2017. Subsequently to handle the increase in Air Traffic and the enormous growth in passenger traffic the airport has received Environmental Clearance for 5O MPPA handling capacity in 2019.