IHCL Sets a Global Benchmark This World Environment Day
~Achieves the largest number of EarthCheck Certified hotels with Platinum and Gold achievements
MUMBAI, JUNE 5, 2020: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, celebrates World Environment Day with a globally significant milestone. 11 IHCL hotels have achieved EarthCheck Certified Platinum recognition while 61 hotels have achieved Gold and 6 hotels have achieved Silver. Representing 10 continuous years of measuring and monitoring best practices in sustainability, this total of Platinum and Gold Certified hotels is the largest in the tourism industry, anywhere in the world.
Dr P.V. Murthy, Executive Vice President & Global Head HR, IHCL, said, “This is a result of IHCL’s unflinching efforts to minimize the impact on the environment. As a Tata company, we believe it is our responsibility to take action for conserving natural resources for future generations. The significant achievement reiterates the group’s firm commitment to sustainable development through adoption of global best practices.”
IHCL joined EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking and certification group, for the tourism and travel industry in 2008 and has ever since endeavoured to continuously deliver on its sustainable objectives. The group has persistently worked towards optimizing energy, water usage and responsible waste management. IHCL regularly communicates its sustainability performance through the United Nations Global Compact and Business Responsibility Reporting.
In its journey to sustainability, the group has achieved EarthCheck Certification for 78 of its hotels, which has generated significant savings:
- Reduced water consumption compared to the previous period by appx. 0.36 million kilolitres, which is equivalent to 150 Olympic sized swimming pools
- Minimised waste sent to landfill by 3,600 cubic metres, which is equivalent to 30,000 wheelie bins
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions including appx. 11.2 million kg CO2, comparable to taking 3,500 cars off the road
- Saved appx. 72 million mega joules of energy, which is equivalent to powering 3,000 typical 4 person households for a year
Since 1987, EarthCheck has helped businesses, communities and governments to coordinate a more strategic approach to sustainable tourism and destination management by delivering clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play. Most importantly everything that EarthCheck undertakes is underpinned by evidence based scientific data and performance-based metrics.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, SeleQtions , a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 200 hotels including 42 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 100 locations. Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.Follow us on social media:
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