Light Forms is a company which manufactures, services and supports products that deliver energy-saving efficiency. We are committed to protecting the environment and minimising the environmental impact of both our manufacturing processes and the life cycle of all our products.
Mindful that, even with best efforts, the emission of some carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere is currently unavoidable, we have assessed our carbon emissions and achieved carbon neutrality through support of an internationally certified carbon offset project in India – The Metro Project, in Delhi.
The Metro Project is a large-scale project that has built a 102 km state-of-the-art metro line to complement the current modes of transport, replacing partial passenger trips that use the more traditional transportation methods with its new system. This project has revolutionised all aspects of the Indian transport system to reduce India’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, specifically through construction of new trains and electronic ticketing systems.
In order to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions, the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project introduced a more efficient, faster, safer and more reliable mode of transport to replace the current traditional transport methods being used. This involved technological advancements that improved both the emissions output per distance travelled per passenger and the efficiency of passenger ticketing and control, as well as introducing alternative, more sustainable fuel sources to current modes of transport during construction.
The metro runs underground, at ground level and at elevation. Each train schedule is dependent upon demand and time of day, but on average each train will have between 4 and 6 cars running every 3 to 12 minutes. A total of 734 cars will be in operation, 694 (95%) of which are cars that will be repurposed from current metro systems, with the rest sourced from Germany and South Korea. Each car has a capacity of between 42 and 50 persons seated and 272-330 standing, bringing the total capacity of a 4-car train to approximately 1,500, and a 6-car train to approximately 2,260.
Passenger ticketing and efficiency is also improved through the development of the Automated Fare Collection (AFC). This is a new, efficient system that uses contactless smart tokens for singular journeys and “contactless Smart Card Tickets” for multiple journeys, which are both compatible with multiple operators directly improving passenger efficiency. Passenger control will also be improved through the introduction of computerised entry/exit gates that are automated and controlled through the contactless ticketing system, which also include disabled access.