Delhi Metro The first ever rail based system to claim carbon credits
India’s first modern metropolitan rail transport system, Delhi Metro, not only has helped commuters in Delhi saving 66 minutes commute time per day, but also has become the first rail based methodology to garner 90000 voluntary carbon credits for improving the energy efficiency. To top it up, it has not only created a large number of jobs for engineers, drivers, station attendants, signal staff, ticketing, construction workers, maintenance, etc., but also resulted in greening existing occupations and created new occupations as well. In an interaction with Kritinath Jha, Governance Today, Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communication, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation speaks more on the green growth and sustainability…
“ DMRC also plans to install solar power facilities worth 50 MW by the year 2021
Delhi Metro is known for its green initiative drive, particularly in Phase-III of its construction works and it is likely to continue in the next phases. So, how do you view the growth of green jobs in such context?
Generation of additional jobs is certainly one of the benefits of the efforts to use green technologies in our functioning. For example, in Delhi Metro, we have a separate department called ‘Environment’ which is headed by an officer of the rank of a general manager. Many young environmental engineers are working in the department for bringing in more green technologies to DMRC. In addition, as part of our solar initiatives, we have engaged with a lot of firms engaged in the commissioning of solar power projects.
Do you think the environmental initiatives of DMRC have given a new work culture in the Country and Delhi Metro is among the cleanest of all Metro Rail network across the world?
Adoption and use of green technologies is an integral part of our work culture. Our corporate office as well as all stations of ongoing Phase 3 has been designed as green buildings. In addition, we are setting up solar power plants at all possible locations such as stations, depots, parking lots, residential areas and so on. While, I can’t confirm whether we are the cleanest Metro rail network or not but I can surely say that Delhi Metro will be one of the most non-polluting and green Metro services in the world.
By adopting clean development mechanism, water management, use of renewable energy, waste management, tree preservation & plantation, green buildings initiatives are some of the great benefits of Delhi Metro. Do you think these activities have opened multiple channels of job opportunities in your organisation?
As mentioned earlier, there is a dedicated environment department in DMRC. There is a cell to supervise the installation of solar power plants as well. In addition, we are working with various private parties for our solar power projects. Therefore, our green initiatives have certainly helped in generating more employment opportunities within the organization.
The lead taken by DMRC in spearheading a metro revolution in India has resulted in metro systems being planned and executed in major Indian cities positively effecting the mitigation of the Green House Gases too and it has been even recognised by the United Nations. Your comment on this achievement!
Right from the beginning of Delhi Metro’s construction work, a decision was taken to adopt eco friendly work practices in all spheres of our functioning. Delhi Metro was the first ever rail based system to claim carbon credits. The UNFCCC has already registered Delhi Metro in two categories for promoting Clean Development Mechanism and earn carbon credits: Regenerative Braking and Modal Shift’. Recently, our initiative to install roof top solar power plants at its premises has become the first ever Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project to be registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for any Metro or Railway system in the world. These are undoubtedly stupendous achievements and we are happy that we are setting a positive example for the other Metro systems which are coming up in the country. DMRC also plans to install solar power facilities worth 50 MW by the year 2021.
“ There is a dedicated environment department in DMRC. There is a cell to supervise the installation of solar power plants as well. In addition, we are working with various private parties for our solar power projects. Our green initiatives have certainly helped in generating more employment opportunities within the organization.
How the DMRC’s recycled and reuse waste paper from the offices of the Delhi Metro is working? Do you think it would motivate other government or- ganisations to adopt in a similar fashion?
Delhi Metro’s corporate office at Barakhamba Road has been designed as a green building. All the stations of the ongoing Phase 3 as well as the new Receiving Sub Stations have also been designed as green buildings. Therefore, all eco-friendly features such as recycling of paper, use of natural light, rain water harvesting, etc are present in these buildings. Why only government, all future buildings should be constructed with such features for a better tomorrow.