Car­bon Foot­print of In­dian Avi­a­tion

The Car­bon Foot­print of In­dian Avi­a­tion 2011 is the first-ever re­port that gives a com­pre­hen­sive and de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the CO2 emis­sions. It iden­ti­fies the main stake­hold­ers of In­dian avi­a­tion in­volved in the cre­ation of this car­bon foot­print, in­tro

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Based on fuel data con­sump­tion col­lected di­rectly from 7 In­dian sched­uled pas­sen­ger air­lines and 1 cargo air­line, the car­bon foot­print of In­dian sched­uled air­lines to/from do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions was 67,55,000 tonnes of CO2. The car­bon foot­print of In­dian sched­uled air­lines to/from in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions was 59,49,000 tonnes of CO2. There­fore, the car­bon foot­print of In­dian sched­uled air­lines for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions was 1,27,04,000 tonnes of CO2. This rep­re­sents a 6% in­crease in com­par­i­son to 2010 (11,990,000 tonnes). The car­bon foot­print of for­eign air­lines serv­ing in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions from In­dian air­ports, which is based on Avi­a­tion Tur­bine Fuel (ATF) up­lift from In­dia, reached 36,23,000 tonnes of CO2. The car­bon foot­print of sched­uled In­dian air­lines and for­eign air­lines (to in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions) rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 1% of the coun­try’s to­tal CO2 emis­sions, which is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than the global av­er­age con­tri­bu­tion of air­lines, which rep­re­sent ap­prox­i­mately 2% of global an­thro­pogenic emis­sions.

The re­port also presents the var­i­ous fuel types and their emis­sion fac­tors. It fur­ther de­lin­eates the break­down of CO2 emis­sions based on the three ma­jor air­line sources. It is es­ti­mated that ap­prox­i­mately 95% of avi­a­tion’s emis­sions are emit­ted from air­craft while just 5% come from air­port re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. There­fore, ap­ply­ing this as­sump­tion, it is es­ti­mated that In­dian air­ports emit­ted around 7,00,000 tonnes of CO2. This is con­sis­tent with pre­lim­i­nary data pro­vided by 5 pri­vate air­ports and 14 air­ports of AAI that was con­verted to emis­sions us­ing the emis­sion fac­tors listed in the ta­ble. Fur­ther­more, elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion is the main source of air­port CO2 emis­sions.

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