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Green Initiative

Care for the environment has always been one of DMRC's priority areas. In all phases of its functioning, right from planning to construction and then operations, utmost care is taken to conserve the environment. While ten trees are planted for each tree that is cut for construction work, the trains are run by electricity without the consumption of any non renewable fuel.

Recently, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered DMRC as the world's first transport sector project under the Program of Activities (PoA). This makes Delhi Metro the managing entity for all other metros of India for fast tracking the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) registration of all the upcoming rail based metro systems in India in future.

A Program of Activities (PoA) is a unique UN mandated mechanism which allows similar carbon credit projects to be clubbed together that can be operated and managed under a single umbrella. Thus, for claiming carbon credits in future, DMRC will be the nodal entity for all other metros of India.

Registration of PoA proves to be a landmark achievement since it will now reduce the registration time for a Metro project from years to months at a substantially lower cost. Being the managing entity and by streamlining aggregation of carbon credits from all metro operation across India, DMRC intends to achieve economies of scale and provide value proposition (technical as well as financial) to all upcoming metros across India.

DMRC has been a forerunner in quantifying climate change benefits from its operations. DMRC has already registered three more projects viz The Regenerative Braking project, The Modal Shift project and The Energy Efficiency Project under CDM and Gold Standard which are expected to reduce approximately 5.7 lakhs tCO2 emission reductions annually. These credits can be used by entities in developed nations to offset their GHG emissions.

Delhi Metro has also taken the initiative to install a solar power plant at one of the Metro stations. The plant, which has come up at the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro station, is producing about 500 kWp of power. The power produced from this plant is being used to cater to the requirements of DMRC.

Apart from the above, Delhi Metro has also become the first ever Metro and Railway system in the world to be registered with the prestigious Gold Standard foundation, which is a globally accepted certification standard for carbon mitigation projects.

In 2008, DMRC become the first Metro or Railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) which has enabled it to claim carbon credits.

In its construction work also, DMRC has always endeavoured to adopt eco-friendly practices. For example, for every tree cut during construction work, DMRC plants ten trees to ensure that there is no depletion of the green cover due to Metro's expansion. Plantations are done at all our depots, residential complexes and stations, wherever possible.

GREEN METRO

  

#Source : As approved by United Nation Framework convention on Climate change (UNFCC)


(A)  Quantified Benefits of Delhi Metro for Phase-I & II:


Descriptors

Phase -I
2007

Phase -I & II
2011

Phase- I & II
2014*

No. of vehicles off the road daily

16895

117249

390971

Annual reduction in fuel consumption (t)

24691

106493

276000

Annual reduction in pollutants (t)

31520

179613

577148

Savings in time per trip (minutes)

31

28

32

Annual reduction in fatal accidents (No.)

21

111

125

Annual reduction in all accidents (No.)

93

591

937


* For ridership of 27 Lakhs
(B)  Benefits of Phase-I & II in the year 2014:


Descriptors

Phase -I & II
2014

Cost of saved time by metro passengers (Cr. Rs)

4,107

Cost of savings in fuel (Cr. Rs)

1,972#

Saving of Vehicles (capital + Operating) cost (Cr. Rs)

2,617

Cost of less pollution saved (Cr. Rs)

489

Cost of accident saved (Cr. Rs)

63

Cost of time and fuel saved due to decongestion (Cr. Rs)

491

Cost of saved in annual infrastructure maintenance (Cr. Rs)

625

Total Cost of all Benefits (Cr. Rs)

10,364


# Figure after deducting the electricity charges.



  • Sustainability in Motion
  • DMRC Environmental Policy


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