Delhi Metro becomes world’s first to get carbon credits

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first metro rail and rail based system in the world to get carbon credit from the UN body.

The metro will earn 6.3 lakh carbon Credits for reducing Green House Gas Emissions as it has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year, thus helping in reducing global warming.

Today, close to 1.8 million people travel in the city’s Metro Rail system which is completely non-polluting and environment friendly and but for the Metro these people would have traveled by cars, busses, two/three wheelers etc which would have resulted in emission of green House Gases such as CO2, CO, HC, NOx, PM and SO2.

The carbon credits will earn the DMRC more than $10 million annually for the next seven years. The reduction in emission of harmful gases into the city’s atmosphere has been certified by the United Nations Body administering the clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol, the DMRC release said.

According to a sampling techniques accepted by the UN body, DMRC was able to remove 91,000 thousand vehicles from the Delhi roads daily.

Every passenger who uses Metro instead of car / bus contributes in reduction in emissions to the extent of approx. 100 gm of carbon-dioxide for every trip of 10 km and therefore, becomes party to the reduction in global warming.

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