The United Nations Environment Programme has recognized Cochin International Airport (CIAL) as the world’s first fully solar energy-powered airport.
United Nations Environment chief Eirk Solheim said that a placard be kept at the airport showing the UNEP’s endorsement of CIAL as the world’s first solar-powered airport.
Ahead of his first visit to the state, Solheim had said in a release that Kerala has long been a leader in human development and he was excited to be visiting the state and learning more about environmental innovation.
According to an official release quoting Solheim said, ‘Many countries in the world have much to learn from the state’s experiences with the first fully-solar powered airport in the world, a clear example that being environment-friendly is now a conscious business decision for many’
He further said that they are very happy and ready to recognise CIAL as the world’s first solar powered airport.
He further questioned, ‘If an airport in the state can run on solar power, why can’t other terminals in other countries do ?’
He hailed the airport, through which more than 10 million people travel each year, for making considerable monetary savings through its solar power plants. The power plant is accompanied by a solar farm, with vegetables grown below and between solar panels.