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~ Achieves the largest number of EarthCheck Certified hotels with Platinum and Gold achievements

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, celebrates World Environment Day with a globally significant milestone. 11 IHCL hotels have achieved Earth Check 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 the 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 endeavored 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.

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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
  • Minimized waste sent to landfill by 3,600 cubic meters, 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 megajoules of energy, which is equivalent to powering 3,000 typical 4 person households for a year

To know about the hotels that have achieved EarthCheck certification and for further information on the IHCL’s sustainability initiatives, please visit:

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