QR code tickets can reduce carbon footprint and promote net zero goals?
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has recently reported that between October 1 and November 15, over 31 lakh passengers purchased QR-code tickets through the Delhi Metro app, officials announced on Friday.
Based on data from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), 18,20,504 (18.20 lakh) tickets were purchased through the app in October, while 12,81,422 (12.81 lakh) tickets were purchased through November 15.
Additionally, 3,41,662 (3.41 lakh) tickets were purchased through other digital channels, like WhatsApp, in October, with the corresponding figure until November 15 being 3,97,506 (3.97 lakh).
This is a remarkable achievement that not only enhances the convenience and safety of the commuters, but also contributes to the reduction of carbon footprint and waste generation in the metro system.
What is a QR code ticket and how does it work?
A QR code ticket is a digital ticket that can be generated and scanned using a smartphone app. The DMRC app allows passengers to book QR code tickets for single journeys, return journeys, or trips using the Airport Express Line.
The app also provides other features such as route information, fare calculation, and smart card recharge.
To use a QR code ticket, the passenger has to select the origin and destination stations, the number of passengers, and the payment mode on the app.
After making the payment, the app generates a QR code that can be scanned at the entry and exit gates of the metro stations. The QR code is valid for one hour from the time of booking.
Does a QR code ticket reduce carbon footprint and waste generation?
A QR code ticket is a more eco-friendly option than a paper ticket or a token, as it eliminates the need for printing, distribution, and disposal of physical tickets.
According to a study by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, the DMRC consumes about 11,000 kg of paper per day for issuing tickets and tokens.
This amounts to about 4,015,000 kg of paper per year, which requires about 68,255 trees to be cut down. Moreover, the paper tickets and tokens generate about 3,285 kg of waste per day, which adds to the burden of waste management and disposal.
By switching to QR code tickets, the DMRC can save paper, reduce waste, and lower its carbon footprint. The paper production process emits about 1.5 kg of carbon dioxide per kg of paper, which means that the DMRC can avoid emitting about 6,022,500 kg of carbon dioxide per year by using QR code tickets. This is equivalent to removing about 1,300 cars from the road for a year.
Additionally, QR code tickets can also reduce the energy consumption and maintenance costs of the ticket vending machines and the entry and exit gates, as they require less mechanical and electrical components. This can further contribute to the net zero goals of the DMRC, which aims to become the world’s first green energy metro rail network by 2030.
Remarks by the Author
QR code tickets are a convenient and safe way of travelling by metro, as they can be booked and scanned using a smartphone app. They also help the DMRC save paper, reduce waste, lower carbon footprint, and achieve net zero goals by 2030. QR code tickets are a smart and green choice for metro commuters.