“We are proud to receive this recognition from GBCI for our relentless efforts in the energy conservation and energy resilience domain. As the operator of a world-class airport, BIAL has undertaken a variety of steps to deploy onsite renewable energy generation systems and offsite renewable power procurement, to meet our long-term goal of becoming Net Energy Neutral in 2020-21. Certified with PEER Platinum Rating will only motivate us to keep fast tracking our sustainability journey, even as we keep enhancing our infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing air transportation needs of passengers.” - Hari Marar, MD & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Limited.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport), operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is one of the fastest-growing airports in the world and the third-busiest in India. Since its inception in 2008, BLR Airport has played a key role in driving the economy of the region – offering a wide air-route network. In its 13-year journey, BLR Airport has welcomed 229 million passengers, served 2 million air traffic movements, and processed 3.5 million tonnes of cargo.
Reliable power supply is one of the highest priorities for Airports and BIAL has a reliable and resilient energy infrastructure built with redundant distribution systems, auto-restoration technologies, undergrounded power distribution cables, SCADA based master controller and smart meters. BIAL has also hardened its power system against various external threats such as floods, fire hazards, vehicle or human interference, etc. All these measures made BIAL achieve zero SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) and SAIFI (System Average Interruption Frequency Index) in the last 3 years, thus demonstrating their energy infrastructure’s reliability and resiliency.
As part of its sustainability goals, BIAL has undertaken various measures to achieve its ambitious goal of ‘Net-Energy Neutral’ by 2020-21, Measures include:
- Implementation of 6.8MW onsite solar PV generation systems
- Renewable power procurement of 43 million units from offsite renewable energy power plants
- Energy conservation programs such as replacement of all Compact Fluorescent Lamps or Halogen lights with LED fixtures, etc.
The above mentioned renewable energy measures made BIAL meet almost 65% of its energy requirement through renewable energy (Recent reports from BIAL states that 90% of their energy requirements were met from renewables), and helped in mitigating about 42 kilotons of CO2 emissions annually. Learn more about the Bangalore International Airport’s sustainability journey through their project case study and BLR Airport's press release.