About 57 per cent of Hyderabad’s carbon footprint is contributed by vehicular emissions. Even though Hyderabad is not in the top list of Indian metropolises with large carbon footprints, the highest proportion contributed by vehicles in the country.
The study on carbon footprints of individual metros in the country was carried out by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru. Carbon footprint is nothing but the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions, methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, caused by all greenhouse gas emitting bodies in the city.
According to the Dr T.V. Ramachandra study Delhi had the highest carbon footprint followed by Mumbai while Hyderabad had the sixth largest carbon footprint, only ahead of Ahmedabad. 57 per cent to its entire carbon footprint in HYD, 32 per cent in Delhi, 17 per cent in Mumbai and 43.5 per cent in Bengaluru. Researchers say that the use of public transport is markedly higher in cities like Chennai and Mumbai where a non-polluting local trains is a major mode of city public transport. But in every city, vehicular emissions far exceeded industrial emissions.