First LEED Certification for Transit Worldwide Launched

The new LEED certification pilot is poised to boost the sustainability and efficiency of transit globally.

This month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new LEED green building rating system pilot designed to address the unique needs of transit systems around the world. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be the first metro in the world to pursue the pilot, LEED v4 O+M: Transit, for their metro stations in Delhi NCR and other states in India.

Performance of the metro stations will be monitored via the newly released Arc performance platform, which facilitates streamlined tracking of data across five performance categories; energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Developed with invaluable input from DMRC, LEED v4 O+M: Transit will allow operational transit facilities to benchmark efficiencies and demonstrate continual improvement. Transit owners can reduce their environmental footprint, while also engaging riders on the importance of sustainability and the opportunity the public transportation sector has in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Buildings and transportation are the two biggest drivers of climate change,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “As we look to build upon the market transformation of the built environment, it is critical we also address transportation. DMRC is a global leader of mass rapid transit systems and a trailblazer in sustainability. We greatly look forward to working with them to monitor the performance of their existing metro stations across India.”

The announcement was made at DMRC’s new LEED-certified Metro Bhawan headquarters, the first project in the world to pursue and achieve LEED certification by leveraging the new LEED performance pathway through the Arc platform.

“The contribution of Delhi Metro has been unique in creating a sustainable mass transportation system in the National Capital,” said Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog. “DMRC has taken the lead in this regard and India will see the emergence of many new Metro systems, which will not only solve the transportation requirements but will also be energy efficient. LEED v4 is based on actual performance parameters. DMRC’s initiative will now also motivate other metros to achieve LEED certification.”

The launch of LEED v4 O+M: Transit follows a groundbreaking 2015 alliance in which DMRC, USGBC and GBCI—the global third-party organization that certifies all LEED projects—agreed to collaboratively address the unique performance and environmental needs of metro stations and transit systems using LEED.

Expressing satisfaction with DMRC’s various environmentally friendly initiatives, Managing Director Dr. Mangu Singh said: “DMRC’s sensitivity towards the environment finds a special mention in its Vision, Mission and Culture statement. This has motivated us to include energy efficiency in all facets of our functioning. DMRC is honored to be a part of this new initiative, which will pave the way for greater energy efficiency, not only in Delhi Metro but all the other Metro systems.”