Bangalore International Airport celebrated World Environment Day by announcing its achievement of being energy-neutral and saving enough energy to power up to 9000 homes for a month.
Becoming Net Energy Neutral by 2020-21 was the “ambitious” target set by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), as a part of its sustainability goals for the year. The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru met 98 percent of its energy requirements for 2020-21 using renewable resources, starting off the financial year 2021-22 on a positive note.
BIAL’s Energy Management Program aims to achieve carbon neutrality by utilizing renewable, green, and clean energy. BLR Airport has been energy-neutral since December 2020, thanks to its on-site solar systems and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) from solar and wind energy suppliers. Sustainability is a crucial pillar for all of its operations. This ensures feasibility, operational excellence, and natural resource conservation.
BIAL has also begun purchasing 40 million units of solar power through on-site and off-site Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Solar installation at utility buildings’ rooftops, car parks, ground-mounted solar installation at airside, cargo buildings’ rooftops, project offices, street lighting, security cabins, and solar water heating system for the cafeterias are some of BIAL’s energy-saving projects.
They have saved nearly 5 lakh kilowatt-hour from lighting & 17 lakh units (kWH) from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Optimum use of natural light, and adoption of LED lighting in the streetlights, perimeter lighting, and airfield lights at BLR Airport, has reduced the dependency on non-renewable energy.
Mr. Hari Marar, MD & CEO of BIAL said, “As we expand our operations at BLR Airport, we aim to remain the flag bearer of sustainable operations. We have put in place various measures to reduce carbon footprint and protect our environment. Energy security is a very important aspect of our business as it is one of the key indicators to assess our sustainability levels.”