During this week’s national conference on Green Metro Systems, Delhi metro has been declared the ‘world’s first green metro’ after it added a green certification for all its major buildings and installations to its list of eco-initiatives.
At the conference, Dr. Prem C. Jain, chairman of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), congratulated the capital’s Metro network by saying, “Delhi Metro is the first to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings that they have got are hard-earned and a lot of toil has gone into the process.”
The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has become the world’s first ever Metro system to get a green certification for all its major buildings and installations. After getting green certifications for its Phase 3 stations, depots and sub stations, 10 residential colonies of DMRC were also awarded the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms by the IGBC.
The national conference on Green Metro Systems was attended by delegates from all other Metro systems in the country, who deliberated on a range of issues regarding the adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems.
India’s transport sector plays a critical role in the implementation and promotion of environment-friendly and sustainable practices in the country. The role of Indian Railway is particularly vital given the fact that it is one of the most extensive railways in the world.
Speaking at the conference, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh was quoted on Delhi metro’s official site as saying, “The country’s energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades. This will increase three times more by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, especially urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.”
In 2008, DMRC became the first railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), enabling it to claim carbon credits. Then, in 2015, 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), making it the managing entity for all other Metros of India.
Delhi Metro has also been spearheading efforts for enhancing the use of solar power and has had a number of solar power systems installed across the network in the last few years. An official of Delhi Metro told Times of India, “DMRC also has a target of commissioning 20 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar plants by the end of 2017 on its premises, and has successfully commissioned 16 MWp capacity till date and already signed power purchase agreements for 31.50 MWp.”