IHCL Reiterates Its Commitment To Safeguard The Environment This Earth Hour
Launches “Waste to Innovation Challenge” across Hotels
Mumbai, March 28, 2019: The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company has launched a “Waste to Innovation Challenge” across its 149 hotels in support of Earth Hour. As part of the challenge, the hotels will compete with each other to come up with innovative ideas to convert waste generated within the hotels into valuable products. The most impactful and sustainable initiative will be judged for potential scaling across the company.
Taj MG Road, Bengaluru is amongst the frontrunners in the industry to convert waste oil into usable biodiesel which is being used to power hybrid buses. Furthermore, the byproduct, glycerin, is used to make soaps for the community; thereby enabling providing an integrated approach towards circular economy.
Dr. PV Murthy, Executive Vice-President and Global Head - Human Resources, IHCL said “IHCL has been participating in Earth Hour for many years with great enthusiasm. This year’s initiative aptly reflects our commitment towards environmental stewardship by integrating sustainable practices as part of our daily operations through innovative ideas. We are also proud to announce that within a year, we have eliminated two million plastic straws from our ecosystem since our commitment to the cause.”
Additionally, all IHCL hotels would observe a one hour switch off of electricity from 8:30 to 9.30 pm on 30th March, 2019 coupled with a host of interesting guest and employee engagement activities such as star gazing, story-telling, dinners in the dark and pedal for the planet.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (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 revolutionizing 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 operates 179 hotels including 30 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
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