New Delhi, 6th September, 2019:The Hon’ble PM of India during his Independence Day speech had urged fellow citizens to avoid using plastic bags and rid themselves of the habit of using single-use plastic bags by 2nd October, 2019. Proactively acting on the Hon’ble PM’s clarion call and as per the directions issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to beat plastic pollution, 35 AAI Airports namely Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Guwahati, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam had been declared ‘Single-Use Plastic Free Airport Terminals’ in Phase I.
As part of initiatives towards environment protection, a commitment was made by AAI for making 20 additional AAI Airports as ‘Single Use Plastic Free Airport Terminals’ within 100 days after formation of the new Government. Accordingly, on the basis of Third-Party Assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India, 20 more AAI Airports namely Allahabad, Aurangabad, Belgaum, Bhuj, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Gaya, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kangra, Khajuraho, Leh, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Silchar, Surat and Tuticorin in Phase- II have been declared ‘Single-Use Plastic Free Airport Terminals’ on 30th Aug 2019.
Various steps have been undertaken by AAI to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side of AAI airports. These steps include banningof single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc.
AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and is promoting theuse of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives like use of biodegradable garbage bags in the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottlecrushing machine at airports. AAI airports have also started various awarenesscampaigns for sensitizing all stakeholders specially passengers towards the causeand to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them.
For making environmental conservation an ingrained organisational mission, the Airports Authority of India has formulated anEnvironment Policy which envisages its commitment for reduction of Green House Gases(GHG) and sustainable development by implementing cost-effectivecarbon mitigation action to conserve environment and reduce adverse impact on society, community and ecosystem thus contributing to national sustainabledevelopment goals.
As a part of this policy, AAI is conscious and committed towards sensitizing all employees and stakeholders to fulfil environmental obligation byreducing carbon footprint.In ensuring the successful implementation of dissuading the usage of single-use plastic items, AAI has been carrying out internal audits of its airportsalong with various stakeholders.