The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently unveiled a pioneering initiative called CarbonLite Metro Travel to educate passengers about their significant contribution towards reducing carbon emissions by choosing metro trains.
About CarbonLite Metro Travel
- It is a new initiative of the DMRC to help people understand their contribution to reducing CO2 emissions by opting for metro rail services.
- With this initiative, daily commuters will now be able to understand and learn about the average amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions they are decreasing with their simple step of selecting the metro as their means of transportation.
- The amount of CO2 will be calculated based on a comparison to road-based motor vehicles.
- It also aims to persuade commuters to choose an environmentally friendly method of transportation over motorised alternatives, thereby supporting a cleaner and more ecologically balanced environment.
- The initiative is in line with the Government of India’s Mission Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE).
- Who can avail of this feature?
- People travelling with QR code-based tickets will be able to avail of this facility.
- Information about the decrease in CO2 emissions caused by metro travel will be prominently displayed on both mobile QR code tickets and physical tickets.
- Supported by comprehensive research conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi, the initiative underscores that each kilometre travelled by metro train instead of road vehicles results in a noteworthy reduction of 32.38 gram of CO2 emissions.
- Leveraging this data and considering the passenger's average travel distance, the QR ticket will proudly announce, "Congratulations! You are saving around xxxx gm CO2," providing tangible evidence of the passenger's contribution to a greener future.
- The CO2 savings will be displayed and accumulated in the user’s DMRC mobile app for all journeys undertaken by the passenger, further enhancing his/her feel-good factor.
Key Facts about Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment)
- It is an India-led global mass movement to nudge individual and community action to protect and preserve the environment.
- It was launched by the Indian Prime Minister at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021.
- The program hopes to “mobilize one billion Indians as well as people in other countries to become individuals who practice sustainable lifestyles.
- The global movement will showcase sustainable goals and climate actions taken by countries and individuals around the world.It makes the fight against climate change democratic, in which everyone can contribute with their respective capacities.
- It emboldens the spirit of the P3 model, i.e., Pro Planet People.
- It functions on the basic principles of ‘Lifestyle of the planet, for the planet and by the planet’.
- It aims at following a three-pronged strategy for changing people's collective approach towards sustainability,
- nudging individuals to practice simple yet effective environment-friendly actions in their daily lives (demand)
- enabling industries and markets to respond swiftly to the changing demand (supply)
- to influence government and industrial policy to support both sustainable consumption and production (policy).
Q1) What is The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)?
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a research organization based in India that focuses on sustainable development, environmental research, and energy-related issues. Established in 1974, TERI has been a pioneer in the field of sustainable development and has contributed significantly to research, policy advocacy, and solutions related to various environmental and energy challenges.