Green Initiatives

As the world witnesses disrupted weather patterns, climate change has grown to be a key global issue. Cement production, deforestation, the burning of fossil fuels, the setting up of nuclear/thermal power plants, the driving of cars and even flying an aircraft, all emit carbon dioxide.

The aviation sector contributes to 2 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions. According to a DGCA report, Indian aviation and airports emitted about 780,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2013. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, Air India makes serious efforts to reduce carbon emissions. As the first Indian airline to have an established environmental management system, it has a corporate environmental policy, and the Air India Steering Committee For Operational Efficiency, Fuel Management and Emission Reduction monitors all matters of operational efficiency, fuel management and fuel cost.

Green Initiatives

 

Air India is the only Indian airline to introduce the fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner and scale down operations of the high-consumption B747-400 and B777 fleet. We conduct a training programme for pilots to improve fuel efficiency. Green flight planning, green ground operations and green maintenance are other initiatives. The battery-operated ground transportation, paperless ticketing and wastemanagement system also help. Air India reduces the weight of aircraft by using e-manuals, reduced flyway kits and use of biodegradable substances wherever possible.

At a time when two million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released on average every day by airplanes, Air India’s diligent efforts to conserve the environment have resulted into a reduction 12,21,543 tonnes of CO2 emission between September 2008 and March 2015. However, its mission will be successful only when every participant of the ecosystem does their bit, including Air India’s esteemed passengers.

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