GMR Hyderabad International Airport Launched EV Charging Stations
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) recently unveiled two sustainable initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to environmentally friendly operations: an EV (Electric Vehicle) charging station at Main Car Park and a bio-diesel filling station at the Public Transportation Center (PTC). The programmes, which promote the use of sustainable resources, represent important strides toward the airport’s goal of carbon neutrality.
Any EV user who wants to use the service can access the fast-charging station.
It can charge a four-wheeler from empty to full in about an hour using its 30 KW of power.
The charging station works with both Android and iOS mobile devices and is app driven.
EV charging stations at the airport have the following advantages:
– The airport promotes the use of renewable energy because EV charging facilities are there and encourage the usage of electric vehicles.
– Around the airport’s grounds, electrical cars maintain the ideal level of ambient noise and prevent pollution.
– Further raises the airport’s Air Quality Index (AQI).
GMR Hyderabad International Airport
The GHIAL airport now includes a Bio-Diesel fueling station, a first for airports in India. The only alternative diesel that can operate any standard, unmodified diesel engine is biodiesel. Biodiesel includes no sulphur and 11% oxygen by weight. It generates almost 100% fewer SO2 (sulphur dioxide) emissions and around 80% fewer CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Because biodiesel lubricates diesel engines better than petroleum diesel, while having no impact on diesel consumption, auto ignition, power output, or engine torque. Additionally, it cleans the engine walls.
Benefits of biodiesels for the environment include:
– The risk of global warming and the greenhouse effect is decreased by biodiesels.
– Hazardous gases including carbon monoxide (CO) and sulphur oxide are not released (SO). Additionally, it lengthens the life of the cars’ engines.
By reducing air pollution and as a result, the amount of smog and acid rain, biodiesels significantly contribute to environmental protection.
The CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, Mr. Pradeep Panicker, stated, “We are committed to operating our airport in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. In conjunction with all of our stakeholders, we have taken a number of efforts to not only achieve carbon neutrality but also to maximize the utilization of natural resources in the airport ecosystem. Our goal is to have zero carbon emissions.
A variety of environmental efforts are implemented at Hyderabad International Airport with the goal of maximizing the use of natural resources and implementing the finest waste management practices. A few examples are the commissioning of solar power plants, green buildings, clean energy, carbon emissions control, recycling, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, single-use plastics, and cloud-based irrigation control systems. The entire solar power generation capacity of GMR Hyderabad International Airport has now reached 10 MW. The GHIAL will be able to meet 50% of its energy needs with the addition of solar power generating. It will be possible to save 1.4 lakh fully grown trees by reducing carbon emissions by around 28 lakh kg of carbon dioxide.