Over 90 airports in the country will be carbon-neutral by 2024, while the number of airports will rise to 220 in the next five years, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said. Currently, the country has 141 airports, of which Kochi and Delhi airports are carbon-neutral, the Minister said.
“Civil aviation is a highly visible sector, it’s a very high-profile sector which attracts a lot of attention, but if you look at its contribution to green house gases and carbon emissions…its very small… two per cent of carbon emissions of the world,” he said. The ministry aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Indian airports will not just achieve the net zero target by 2030, but will likely have over 400 million passengers by then. At present, we have over 200 million domestic and international passengers. But to handle the increase in passengers, the infrastructure on ground has to be improved and increased”, the minister added.