ETW Staff– Mumbai
IndiGo has announced its partnership with the Fair Climate Network (FCN), an NGO committed to promote simple measures that improve rural livelihoods and reduce carbon pollution. Through this partnership, IndiGo will enable its flyers to voluntarily contribute INR 100 towards this cause. The revenue generated through this voluntary contribution will be used to support the implementation of climate friendly technologies in rural India; this includes construction of domestic biogas units for poor women, providing fuel efficient woodstoves, installing photovoltaic lamps in un-electrified homes, setting up drinking water purification systems, undertaking agro-forestry, sustainable and profitable farming practices, etc. To start with, IndiGo will be supporting the installation of 5,000 bio gas units in the villages of South India.
Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo, said, “This is a momentous occasion for us as we strive to make a difference each day and find solutions that help manage our carbon footprint. We are delighted to partner with FCN on this initiative which not only helps us and our passengers achieve just that, but go far beyond by creating a sustainable positive impact and improving many individuals’ livelihoods.”
This partnership will create a more positive economic and health impact for individuals and families in six states across rural India while reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that cause climate change. For example, cleaner burning stoves funded by the project will improve indoor air quality and have a direct impact on the household health. Similarly, decreasing the amount of water and fertiliser needed to grow the same crops while maintaining yield reduces input costs, and improves profitability for farmers.
Speaking about this partnership, Ram Esteves, convener, FCN said “We are genuinely excited that we have partnered with IndiGo. Addressing rural development is a high priority; a pivotal area of intervention and focus. We need programmes that support economic development and deliver social, health and environmental co-benefits, including climate adaptation and mitigation. IndiGo has reposed faith and trust in this understanding of inclusive development where a stable and healthy economy is good for business. This partnership is a strong step in this direction.”