Hyderabad: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has won the prestigious CII-Green Power Performance Excellence Awards 2020 in the 'ground mounted solar' category. The award was virtually presented during an event organised by the Renewable Energy (RE) Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 1-4 December.

The award was given in recognition of the excellent initiatives taken by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) in generating solar energy in its 5MW solar plant. Senior officials of GHIAL virtually received the awards on 4 December in the presence of industry dignitaries and participants.

The CII annual forum recognises the organisations engaged in renewable energy generation and efficiency initiatives that adopt the best practices and technological advancement in their day-to- day operations. The jury evaluated the participants on several parameters like solar plant efficiency and innovative thought process adopted.

"The award is a testimony to GHIAL's commitment towards renewable energy and environmental sustainability. This recognition reaffirms our commitment towards green energy. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the mantras of GHIAL when it comes to conservation of natural resources. As a responsible organisation committed towards this goal, we will continue our continuous improvements in the field of green energy and in reducing greenhouse gases," Pradeep Panicker, the CEO of GHIAL, said.

GHIAL has been at the forefront of adopting energy-efficient practices that have hitherto been recognised on various industry platforms. Over the last three years, the operations at GHIAL have led to a substantial energy saving owing to its consistent and sustainable approach towards energy efficiency measures. This has also led to a rapid dip in greenhouse gas emissions at the airport. It is worth noting that GMR Hyderabad International Airport is also a carbon-neutral airport with level 3 + 'neutrality' accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI) under its airport carbon accreditation (ACA) programme.

GHIAL had also won the CII's prestigious 'national energy leader award' in 2019 and 2020. It has been winning the excellent energy-efficient trophy since 2017 at the CII-GBC flagship energy management programme, National Award for Excellence in Energy management.

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