10 properties of the ITC Hotels Group have attained “Net Zero Carbon Status” by achieving coveted “LEED Zero Carbon Certification” by USGBC [United States Green Building Council], in a one-of-a-kind remarkable feat.
This achievement reaffirms ITC Hotels’ commitment to responsible luxury and sustainability.
Already, ITC Hotels is the world’s largest chain with the maximum number of LEED Platinum-certified properties as per USGBC.
Anil Chadha, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Hotels said, “Responsible Luxury is our guiding ethos at ITC Hotels. We endeavour to create planet-positive experiences. The Net zero project aligns with India’s vision of significantly cutting emissions and is a critical driving force behind the transformation of buildings, cities, and communities to continue to sustain future generations.”
LEED Zero, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a complement to LEED that verifies the achievements of net zero goals and signals market leadership.
The first ten hotels in the world to have achieved this landmark are ITC Windsor, Bengaluru (1st Hotel in the World); ITC Grand Chola, Chennai (2nd & Largest Hotel in the World); ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru (3rd Hotel in the World); Welcomhotel Bengaluru (4th Hotel in the World)5. Welcomhotel Guntur (5th Hotel in the World); Welcomhotel Chennai (6th Hotel in the World); ITC Mughal, Agra (7th Hotel in the World); Welcomhotel Coimbatore (8th Hotel in the World)9. Welcomhotel Sheraton New Delhi (9th Hotel in the World); ITC Grand Central, Mumbai (10th Hotel in the World).
LEED Zero Carbon Certification recognizes buildings operating with Net Zero Carbon emissions on annual basis.
The certification provides a transparent accounting of the carbon balance i.e. carbon emitted due to Energy consumption and occupant transportation v/s Carbon avoided to achieve Net Zero Certification, the entity’s carbon balance should be either ‘0’ or -ve. [Carbon Balance = Total Carbon Emitted – Total Carbon Avoided]
At a time when the world is closely monitoring and benchmarking the carbon emissions by each and every sector, this achievement by the ITC Hotels group is a big global step towards sustainability.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient, and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities, and communities.
For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program.
With the support of thousands of members, volunteers, and partners, USGBC provides robust green building education courses, a rigorous professional credentialing program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and forward-thinking programs, including the Center for Green Schools.
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