New Delhi: Indian and foreign airlines operating in India account for less than one percent of the country's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which is significantly less than the global average, a latest study said on Tuesday.
"This number is significantly lower than the global average contribution of airlines which represent approximately two per cent of global anthropogenic emissions," a report brought out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.
The report, titled 'Carbon Footprint of Indian Aviation 2011', said the carbon footprint of Indian carriers was 12,704,000 tonnes of CO2, a six per cent increase in comparison to 2010.
The report was released by Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of UN body, International Civil Aviation Organisation, at the ongoing Asia-Pacific conference of aviation regulators here.
Observing that India had taken major steps in the field of aviation and climate change, Benjamin said this was evident from the effective airline initiatives on fuel efficiency and fleet renewal.
He said three Indian airports had also participated in Airport Carbon Accreditation to reduce emission and DGCA developing the carbon footprint of Indian aviation and expressed confidence that India continue to take proactive measures to combat climate change.
DGCA chief Arun Mishra said the regulator would continue to estimate the carbon footprint on an annual basis and formulate a realistic climate change policy for aviation in India.
First Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 19:42