Praise World’s First 100% Solar-Powered Airport

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Target: A.C.K. Nair, Director of the Cochin International Airport

Goal: Applaud the first and only airport powered fully by solar energy.

The Cochin International Airport in India has become the world’s first airport to be powered solely by solar energy. The airport, in partnership with automotive and industrial technology powerhouse Bosch, recently completed a massive solar plant covering 20 hectares of land, the largest of its kind anywhere in the country. Each day, the plant will generate 12 megawatts of energy, making the entire airport power-grid neutral.

According to airport director A.C.K. Nair, the project will eliminate over 300,000 tonnes of harmful carbon emissions over the next 25 years. This drop in carbon emissions will be the equivalent of the air filtration power of 3 million trees or the removal of 3,750 cars from the roadways.

Carbon emissions from transportation, energy, and industrial use make up the majority of greenhouse gasses produced by humans. These emissions act as an insulator in the earth’s atmosphere, reducing the amount of heat absorbed into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. If left unchecked, climate change could lead to severe changes in weather patterns, the extinction of several species of animals and drastic rises in sea levels.

Not only will this airport help India reach its goal of 100 gigawatts of solar energy capacity by 2022, but it will benefit the environment as a whole. It will also serve as a successful model for clean energy use that other airports may soon follow. Sign the petition below to applaud the Cochin International Airport’s success in becoming the world’s first 100 percent green-powered airport.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear A.C.K. Nair,

The Cochin International Airport in partnership with Bosch Ltd., has become the world’s first fully solar-powered airport thanks to a 20-hectare solar plant which will generate 12 megawatts of energy daily. Over 25 years, the airport will eliminate 300,000 metric tonnes of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of the emissions produced by 3,750 cars. These emissions contribute directly to climate change, which can cause rises in sea levels, extreme changes in weather patterns and the extinction of multiple species of animals.

The move will help India to reach its environmental goals of producing 100 gigawatts of solar energy annually by 2022, as well as improve the environment not only in India, but around the world. We, the undersigned, applaud your innovative new airport, which can be used as a model for environmentally-friendly energy use for similar facilities internationally.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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