Dmrc Becomes First Ever Indian Company to Bag the Prestigious World Green Building Council Award for Industry Leadership in Sustainability
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been awarded with this year’s prestigious Asia Pacific Region Network Award constituted by the World Green Building Council for demonstrating “Industry Leadership in Sustainability”.
The award recognises organisations which are truly integrating sustainability into their business models and contributing to the transition towards a sustainable built environment. The award is the recognition of works done by DMRC in spurring green building activities in both construction and operations. This is the first time an Indian company has been awarded with this prestigious honour.
The award committee considered the initiatives taken by Delhi Metro in the field of environmental sustainability by following ‘management by objectives’ approach towards climate change, green in-built environment, energy efficiency, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), solar power etc. The award was presented to Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC and Sh. AK Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC in Mumbai on Wednesday by Mr. Tai Lee Siang, Chair - World Green Building Council.
DMRC is contributing in mitigating climate change and helping the nation to meet its INDC and commitment given by Government of India under the Paris agreement. DMRC operations are already carbon neutral which means that Delhi Metro reduces more carbon than it emits. Up to now, DMRC operations have helped to remove 7.7 million tCO2(eq) by 2015 and by 2031 it is expected to remove 45.78 million tCO2 (eq.).
Delhi Metro is also helping other Metros of India in demonstrating emission reductions from their operations by co-opting with these Metros in its on-going CDM project. DMRC has set an ambitious target of meeting 20 MW of generating power through solar energy by next one year of which 7.2 MW has already been achieved and is used for meeting commuter facilitation load at DMRC premises. 14 million sq ft of structures and facilities coming up as part of Phase 3 construction are being built to the highest “Green Standards” as mandated by IGBC. This will transition DMRC to a sustainable built environment.
Under its Waste Management Policy 2 lakh ton C&D waste, 38 ton of paper have been recycled and innovative mechanisms are adopted for disposal of such waste. DMRC have installed 464 Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) pits have been provided with total recharge capacity of 8607 cum. ETPs/STPs have been installed at various locations from which around 728 KL of treated water is being used per day. As an initiative, bio-digesters were installed at four Metro stations in the previous year from which a total of 50 KL of treated water is being used per day. At four underground stations, the seepage water is being recycled and used for fulfilling station requirements.