Cochin International Airport has once again made India proud!
Indian airports have been bagging international awards for the past few years and the latest to join that list is Kerala’s Cochin International Airport.
The Airport has been awarded for Entrepreneurial Vision by United Nations (UN) at the “Champions Of Earth” award ceremony for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Cochin International Airport is showing rest of the world that the ever-expanding network of global travel does not have to harm the environment. UNEP further stated that the first fully solar-powered airport of the world is proof that green business is good business.
UN environment Executive Director Erik Solheim along with his team had visited the international airport and seen the solar power plant and called it a leading example among global airports.
In 2015, CIAL became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by solar energy. They started with a 100 kilowatts pilot project in 2012. Today, the capacity of CIAL is 29.5 megawatts of solar energy, providing 120,000 units of power every day.
The airport is 100 % reliant on solar energy, from powering conveyor baggage belts to digital systems installed at the airport.
Kochi airport is the biggest and busiest airport of Kerala and the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic.
A lot of its international passengers come from the Gulf countries. Around 10 million people passed through Kochi airport last year. Of these, 5.5 million were international passengers.
The Champions of the Earth award is the highest environmental recognition of United Nations, celebrating exceptional figures from the public sectors as well as private sectors and also from civil society, whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment.