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ITC’s three LEED-certified zero-carbon hotels mark a global milestone

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Reaffirming its credo of “responsible luxury” with an overall focus on sustainability, health and hygiene, ITC Hotels is proud to announce that 3 of its properties in India have been ranked among the world’s top 3 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Zero Carbon-certified hotels, a unique achievement of its kind in the world.
ITC Windsor, Bengaluru has become the 1st hotel in the world while ITC Grand Chola is one of the largest hotels in the world to have received the prestigious LEED Zero Carbon certification. ITC Gardenia has become the third hotel in the world to receive the certification.
LEED Zero Carbon recognizes buildings operating with net zero carbon emissions and LEED Platinum is the highest rating awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). ITC Hotels is the largest chain in the world with the maximum number of properties certified LEED Platinum according to USGBC.
From using renewable energy and recycling solid waste to conserving water, actively mitigating single-use plastic and reducing carbon footprint at every step, ITC Hotels delivers luxury experiences with positive planet offerings embedded in products, processes, people and progress.
More than 40% of consumable food materials used in ITC hotels are sourced locally and properties have adopted efficient infrared-based cooking in the kitchen, saving nearly 20% energy.
True to its promise of “responsible luxury”, ITC Hotels has launched an innovative “WeAssure” program, adopting the highest standards and protocols in the management of health, hygiene, safety and infection control . For this initiative, ITC Hotels became the first hotel chain in the world to receive Platinum level certification under DNV’s My Care Infection risk management program. Additionally, the hotel group introduced waste sorting methods to achieve over 99% waste recycling and also pioneered single-use plastic mitigation.
Anil Chadha, Division General Manager, ITC Hotels, said, “ITC Hotels is committed to sustainability and constantly working to achieve its vision of providing guests with a ‘responsible luxury’ experience. We are proud of the milestones we have reached in our business. towards contributing to the planet. Three of our luxury properties have put India on the global stage by being recognized by LEED as Net Zero Carbon certified hotels. This achievement is not ours alone, but that of all our associates and guests who believed in us and shared the same value system. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of ITC Hotels to ensure that we preserve the elements of sustainability. We will continue in this direction with our promise to Mother Earth.
All ITC hotels have organic waste converters, most of them equipped with on-site bio-methanization plants. The group has reduced fresh water consumption by nearly 50% through strategic conservation, treatment and reuse over the past 5 years. 57% of ITC Hotels & Welcomhotels electricity consumption is covered by renewable sources. These include ITC Grand Chola, ITC Windsor, ITC Gardenia, ITC Maratha, ITC Grand Central, ITC Mughal, Welcomhotel Chennai, Welcomhotel Coimbatore, Welcomhotel Bengaluru and Welcomhotel Sheraton New Delhi which are powered by renewable electric energy. The current level of carbon emissions from ITC Hotels is 61 kg per night and 58 kg per m² per year against the 2030 target of 65 kg and 129 kg, respectively. These milestones were achieved through the implementation of various renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Some of ITC Hotels’ pioneering green initiatives are featured below:
The design of each ITC hotel is based on green building guidelines and standards that are energy efficient, use renewable energy, conserve and recycle water while taking concrete steps to preserve the ecosystem around them.
Hotels have seen their efficiency increase by up to 20% thanks to the installation of a programmable HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) control called Automated BMS System.
Key sustainability initiatives are executed in identified hotels. They include in-house water production using an atmospheric water generator, rainwater harvesting, daylight harvesting, solar heating, food waste composting, of biogas and the transition from HSD/biodiesel boilers to a renewable electric energy boiler for steam application.
All ITC Hotels and Welcomhotels are ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 22000 certified
Certified in Food Safety Management. ITC Kohenur has been awarded 5-star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) for integrating various sustainable practices into building design and operation. ITC Sonar is the only hotel in the world to obtain carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
All ITC Hotels & Welcomhotels have implemented COVID mitigation in conditioned space in their HVAC system. Patented advanced oxidation technology neutralizes indoor air pollutants, bacteria and viruses. This technological cell creates hydroelectric photo-ions and destroys more than 99% of the microbes present in the conditioned space. This is an active technology, where the ions neutralize any airborne organic contaminants they locate.
ITC Hotels is also committed to supporting local artisans while reviving and popularizing ancient cuisines and is actively committed to keeping alive India’s age-old rituals that promote well-being. WelcomArt, WelcomJawan, WelcomTheatre, Responsible Dining through Local Love, Eat Wisely and Food Sherpa are some of its flagship programs that have defined responsible luxury.