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Mumbai airport celebrates World Environment Day

Jun 09, 2017

Skits and workshops welcomed travellers at Mumbai airport on World Environment Day.

Mumbai: With an endeavor to raise awareness and sensitize the denizens towards environmental protection, GVK MIAL, the company that administers Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), organised daylong awareness programme at its integrated terminal on June 5, to commemorate the World Environment Day.

Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme of ‘Connecting people to Nature’, MIAL has planned a host of activities that will apprise travelers and citizens on the importance of preserving and conserving the environment.

With an aim to highlight the community’s intimate dependency on nature, the event will comprise of inspirational skits and workshops that will emphasize on the need to value and appreciate this vital relationship. In addition to this, the airport will also organise puppet shows for travelers within its premises, an initiative by the airport to communicate the urgency of safeguarding our ecosystem.

An attempt to acquaint participants about the rich flora, the program will host workshops on Bonsai and miniature gardening that will introduce the magnificence of these miniature plant estates to the audience. Additionally, the programme will entail an aquatic plant set up and botanical garden cart, followed by sapling distribution to MIAL employees and passengers transiting through the airport.  To promote sustainable consumption, the programme will also engage with travellers by conducting Gudari workshop, a form of recycled craft.

The company’s effort towards minimizing stress on the environment has resulted in reduction of carbon emissions. As part of its green initiatives, the airport saved 2.16 million units of electricity by adopting energy efficient measures at the facility. Increasing the use of renewable energy, MIAL has successfully set up 2.56 MW of solar power installations.

While promoting the use of clean and green fuel, the airport has also implemented strategic infrastructure improvements that help in reducing taxiing time, thus saving on aviation fuel. Additionally, the airport facilitated stakeholder engagement to reduce scope 3 emission and is also a proud recipient of Green Building Certification – LEED Gold certification for T2 new construction and IGBC Platinum rating for operation of Terminal 2 in Existing Building (O&M) Rating System.

As a result of its efforts towards spreading the message of positive environmental protection, the airport was recently awarded Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality certification by Airports Council International (ACI), the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports for their contribution in the areas of GHG management.

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