INDIA. Mumbai: Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), managing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai, has made major strides towards carbon neutrality, energy-saving, and emission reduction, as per its sustainability report 2020.
The 5th Edition of its Sustainability Report 2020, released by CSMIA points out sustainability highlights for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20, which includes the successful operation of 1004 aircraft movements in a day ( highest for any single-runway airport in the world) as on December 8, 2018.
15% increase in cargo throughput, 100% single-use plastic-free, generation of 44 per solar power, 9 percent CO2 reduction in other indirect Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, recruitment of 75% new local employees, and 88.24% procurement from Maharashtra are some of the highlights of the sustainability report. The CSMIA has covered sustainability performance across 126 Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Standards disclosures, the report stated.
The CSMIA is in the process of setting up a common user fuel farm to improve the Aviation Turbine Fuel supply services at the airport. Its plan includes installations of weather and sourcing of green solar energy from an off-site solar renewable generator.
The first airport to publish report
CSMIA is the first airport in the Asia Pacific to have published a sustainability report as per the GRI standards. It is also the first Indian airport to receive an ‘A‘ rating for its sustainability report from GRI in 2012. The report has been externally assured by Bureau Veritas Certification in line with the requirements of the AA1000AS (2008) Standard – Type II Moderate level.
The Sustainability Report 2020 aims to keep its stakeholders informed regarding the airport’s progress on vital sustainability issues such as climate change, health, safety and security, environment, employee well-being, amongst others to create value in various forms through the short, medium, and long term.
The sustainability initiatives are undertaken by CSMIA align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and are prepared as per GRI standards – Comprehensive option, Airport Operators Sector Supplement (AOSS), and National Voluntary Guidelines (NVG) on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business.
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On the release of CSMIA’s report, MIAL Chief Executive Officer R.K. Jain, said, “We have made great strides and achieved several milestones in our journey towards inclusive growth.
Over financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20, the airport has generated an economic value of Rs. 38474.40 million and Rs. 35,527 million respectively and distributed economic value of Rs. 37,160.70 million and Rs. 36,394.90 million respectively across operating costs, employee wages, and benefits, community investment as well as payments to capital providers and governments to name a few. While this report encompasses our achievements over the last two fiscal years, there are many more projects in the pipeline that we will be sharing in the next sustainability report.”