Today, airports understand that besides being a world-class infrastructure that provides optimum services to its passengers they should incorporate philosophies that ensure the long-term well-being of the community and environment around it. As this change happens it also necessitates a shift in the approach towards sustainability of the airport. It is imperative for the airport to relook at how it engages with the society, improve the communities around it and redefine how operations are done.
Embracing a green behavior has laid the foundation for the Kempegowda International AirportBengaluru(KIAB) that has been designed to ensure that the city of Bengaluru not only gets an infrastructure that it can boast of but one that also extends its vision to include the well-being of the larger community. In a way, this airport stands for Progress – not just as a sudden change – but as a long-term promise for the city.
‘Sustainable progress’ is a thought that sets the direction not just for the airport, but for the city. As a role model for sustainable progress the journey of sustainability at the airport has been marked by measurable achievements and inspiring stories.
These initiatives have helped KIAB improve their energy efficiency, adopting renewable energy in its ground operations, addressing the concerns of energy efficiency. As a conscientious and responsible entity it shoulders the responsibility for the carbon emission at the airport and makes constant efforts to reduce the impact wherever it can.
Every year Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) sets aside a budget to maintain its initiatives and adopt industry best practices on various green initiatives for the airport i.e. rain water harvesting projects, water conservation projects, energy conservation projects, solid waste management projects, renewable energy projects, green belt development, housekeeping etc.
In 2014, the airport reinforced its larger commitment to the planet by unveiling a Green Map. The map is positioned as an industry best practice to create more awareness on the various green initiatives being focused on at KIAB.
With over 100 acres of green cover, 135 distinct variety of trees and plants and a hundred thousand square meters of lawn, the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru flaunts a spectacular landscape. The Landscape design at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is based on Bangalore’s reputation as Garden city and rich heritage culture of Karnataka state which has enhanced passenger experience while passing through the airport. The ‘airport in a garden’ is not only captivating but also technologically progressive, with a well- equipped climate control green house for Indoor plants, a 5 acre plant nursery, open space for warehousing facility and a decentralized automatic irrigation system.
The airport has ambitious plans where sustainability is concerned, one that has tangible outcome not just for the airport but to the city and the region it serves. A well-defined path has been chartered. As the airport work towards its goals, working in collaboration with its stakeholders and the community it serves it is excited about the road ahead. It is well on its way to being a role model for sustainable progress.
Key Milestones of KIAB on Sustainable Practices:
· First airport in the country to use bio-diesel in its ground vehicle operations in comparison to fossil fuels.
· Use of battery operated vehicles for cleaning /baggage handling, reducing air pollution
· Creating Common Mobile Passive Infrastructure – platform & Common Data Centre for all the mobile service providers saving resources like monopole tower, power & Air conditioning & other related infrastructure
Plastic free Terminal with all food and beverage outlets as well as retails concessionaires on the