India aims to make 121 Airports Carbon Neutral by 2025.
Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday announced 121 airports in India will be made Carbon neutral by 2025 and that currently there are 25 airports in the country using 100 percent green energy.
The Union Aviation Minister made the announcement in his virtual address at the two-day EU-India Aviation Summit.
"The emission contribution of the aviation industry has been under immense scrutiny. We have taken several measures to minimise the carbon footprint and mitigate emissions from the aviation industry," said Mr. Scindia, asserting that India and the European Union have a common goal of tackling climate change.
"We are encouraging airports to use 100 percent green energy by 2024 and achieve net zero by 2030. Twenty-five of our airports are already using 100% green energy. Our target is to make another 121 airports carbon neutral by 2025," he added.
The minister informed that the government has mandated the use of renewable energy as part of the bid documents for upcoming airports.
"We are also working towards encouraging the use of sustainable aviation fuel. Indian airline operators have already conducted demonstration flights using bio-fuel blended with ATF," he said.
Scindia also invited EU players to partner with India in developing adaptive technologies and support the objective of tackling emissions from the aviation industry.
The two-days EU India Aviation Summit began on Thursday in New Delhi. During the summit, a declaration of intent was signed by the Airport Authority of India with Eurocontrol, and a letter of intent memorandum of understanding was signed by DGCA with the European Union Aviation Safety for closer cooperation.
The summit focuses on EU-India air transport relations and the mutually-shared challenges and opportunities of the two regions, such as the post-Covid recovery of air traffic, increasing sustainability, maintaining safety, and the development of unmanned aircraft systems.
The summit will bring together top-level policymakers, industry executives, and stakeholders from the EU and India.
The aviation minister noted that India had reformed the regulatory mechanism to promote aircraft manufacturing in the country.
"We have reformed the regulatory environment to make it as conducive as possible for MROs - reduced GST rates on MRO services from 18 percent to 5 percent and allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment into the sector. New MRO guidelines have also been rolled out for rationalisation of the charges leviable on MRO service providers for ease of business.
"I would urge industry players from the EU to tap these opportunities and become a part of the fastest-growing aviation market in the world," he added.
Source- The Economic Times
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