World's First LEED for Transit Globally Launched at Metro Bhawan Today

The world’s first ever transit rating system exclusively for Metro networks was unveiled at the Metro Bhawan today in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.


DMRC alongwith the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) and the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Transit Rating System’ designed specifically to address the unique needs of transit systems around the world. The programme was also attended by Shri Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Executive Officer & President, USGBC & GBCI 


Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be the first Metro in the world to pursue the pilot, “LEED v4 O+M: Transit,” for their Metro stations in Delhi NCR and other states in India. Metro Bhawan is also the first building to pursue and achieve LEED Certification by leveraging the new LEED performance pathway through the Arc platform.


LEED for Transit is the result of a MoU that as signed between DMRC, USGBC and GBCI in October 2015 to develop a green rating exclusively for transit stations, a first for the world.


Performance of the Metro stations will be monitored via the newly released Arc Performance Platform, which facilitates streamlined tracking of data across five performance categories; energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.


Developed with inputs from DMRC, the LEED v4 O+M: Transit, will allow operational transit facilities to benchmark efficiencies and demonstrate continual improvement. Transit owners can reduce their environmental footprint, engaging both commuters and the public transportation sector, towards minimizing greenhouse gas emissions to attain the goal of sustainable development.


Shri Amitabh Kant, said “The contribution of Delhi Metro has been unique in creating a sustainable mass transportation system in the National Capital. DMRC has taken the lead in this regard and India will see the emergence of many new Metro systems which will not only solve the transportation requirements but will also be energy efficient. LEED v4 is based on actual performance parameters. DMRC’s initiative will now also motivate other metros to achieve LEED certification.”

Expressing satisfaction on the various environmental friendly initiatives taken by DMRC, Dr. Mangu Singh, “DMRC’s sensitivity towards the environment finds a special mention in its Vision, Mission and Culture statement. This has motivated us to include energy efficiency in all facets of our functioning. DMRC is honoured to be a part of this new initiative which will pave the way for greater energy efficiency, not only in Delhi Metro but all the other Metro systems.”


 “Buildings and transportation are the two biggest drivers of climate change,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. “As we look to build upon the market transformation of the built environment it is critical we also address transportation. DMRC are global leaders of mass rapid transit systems and a trailblazer in sustainability. We greatly look forward to working with them to monitor the performance of their existing metro stations across India. This is a step taken by DMRC in line with COP 21 Paris Agreement.”


The launch of LEED v4 O+M: Transit follows a groundbreaking 2015 alliance in which DMRC, USGBC and GBCI—the global third party organization that certifies all LEED projects—agreed to collaboratively address the unique performance and environmental needs of metro stations and transit systems using LEED.


As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building solutions. LEED globally certifies more than 170,000 gross square meters per day and is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed and operated.


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