In a major milestone, the iconic Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris has set a global benchmark in hospitality for environmental sustainability with 67 of its hotels being awarded Gold Certification by EarthCheckout of a total of 79 EarthCheck certified hotels. EarthCheck is an international leader in environmental benchmarking and certification.
Commenting on the achievement, Dr. P.V.Ramana Murthy, Executive Vice President & Global Head, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)said, “We are privileged to be associated with an organization as prestigious as EarthCheck.This certification reflectsIHCL’s long standing and unflinching commitment to creating a better environment through sustainable best practices.”
By virtue of the certification program proposed by EarthCheck to manage green initiatives, the certified hotels have achieved a saving of:
- 925 million mega joules of energy which is equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 286,000 houses (a typical of 4 person households)
- 191,000tonnes of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to over 64,000 cars off the road
- 4 billion litres of water which is equivalent to 963 Olympic sized swimming pools
- 6 million litres of waste which is equivalent to 182 standard 20 feet cargo containers
The certification program has not only helped to set and achieve targets in reducing the amount of waste, water consumption, emissions and energy, but also enabled the certified hotels to improve its environmental footprint by a considerable 5 percent.