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25 Years of Sustainability in India with ITC Hotels

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25 Years of Sustainability in India with ITC Hotels

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ITC Hotels in India have been practicing sustainability since 1988. Green Hotelier caught up with Niranjan Khatri, General Manager WelcomEnviron Initiatives, ITC Hotels to discover more about their long history of green initiatives.

ITC Hotels in India is a bit of a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. What has influenced this? How has it come about?

ITC hotels took its first step towards becoming a green hotel chain in 1988, a long time before it became ‘popular’ for hotels to promote their eco credentials.

What is the business case for hotel chains to embrace sustainability?

Almost all industries in today’s world consider and implement the use of natural resource in their on-going daily operations. It’s no longer an option, it’s a must. Resources are not endless and we live in an over populated world. We must act now to secure a future for the next generation. ITC Hotels takes this very seriously, water consumption has been reduced by 60%,energy consumption by approximately 20% and five of ITC’s hotels have decarbonised their operations by using wind energy. In addition, ITC Hotels are the first chain to be certified platinum rated by US Green Building Council, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

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LUX* Resorts Adopt HCMI

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LUX Resorts Adopt HCMI

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LUX Resorts has adopted the International Tourism Partnership’s Hotel Carbon Management Initiative (HCMI) protocol as an integral part of their Carbon Measurement and Mitigation strategy.

For LUX Resorts – a collection of premium resorts on islands across the Indian Ocean – sustainability is top of their agenda. A comprehensive environmental policy governs their green commitment.  In addition to setting attainable targets for water and energy conservation, emissions reduction and resource efficiency, they also include provisions for monitoring and controlling their impact on surrounding ecosystems.

To successfully execute on this strategy, LUX understands they have to balance their sustainability goals with the expectations of their guests – actively engaging them in all their efforts.

“We care about our guests and always strive to create an exceptional guest experience”, says Vishnee Sowamber Payen, leader of sustainability initiatives at LUX, “but we also care about the environment and sustainability of the islands and communities in which we operate; sourcing local organic produce and cutting unnecessary excesses wherever possible.”

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ITP welcomes new member The Soneva Group

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At their Governing Council meeting in Berlin on 5th March 2014, the International Tourism Partnership was pleased to welcome its newest member – The Soneva Group.

Based in the Maldives and Thailand, Soneva began life in 1995 when Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built Soneva Fushi – as well as their home – on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo, later to be followed by Soneva Kiri on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Kood in 2009.

Whilst the beautiful and carefully planned resorts are the epitome of exotic luxury, Sonu and Eva are passionate about their environmental commitments and subscribe to what they call their SLOW LIFE philosophy.

SLOW LIFE stands for Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences. Eva and Sonu say, “We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. Whether it’s developing resorts using sustainable materials, recycling waste materials, conserving water or preserving ecosystems, we are always prepared to take the initiative.”

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ITC Hotels Sustains Its Sustainability Credentials

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ITC Hotels sustains its sustainability credentials

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ITC Hotels group is continuing its push to deliver sustainable initiatives in the hospitality industry in India.

Their efforts have been rewarded with ITC Maurya being named ‘Best Eco Friendly Hotel’ in the National Tourism Awards.

ITC Maurya, Delhi has been awarded the ‘Best Eco Friendly Hotel’ at the prestigious National Tourism Awards, hosted by India’s Ministry of Tourism earlier this year. The award recognises ITC Maurya’s outstanding contribution and ongoing commitment to the environment. The hotel received the accolade from the Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor, at a ceremony held in New Delhi.

Innovation and cutting edge technology combined with an emphasis on responsible luxury have enabled ITC Maurya to create new benchmarks in energy, water efficiency, solid waste recycling and carbon reduction, making it the largest hotel in the world to be certified LEED® Platinum, (in the Existing Building category), the highest certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

ITC Maurya was awarded for being a leader in eco practices in India, thanks to the property’s history of implementing sustainable initiatives for over two decades. These include using the largest and first on-site Paraboloid solar concentrators, a first for the global hospitality industry.

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Radisson Blu Cebu Has Most Sustainable Operations

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Radisson Blu Cebu has most sustainable operations

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The International Tourism Partnership’s Stephen Farrant was happy to name the Radisson Blu Cebu as winner at the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards in the Sustainable Operations category this month.

The 25th annual HICAP hosted by Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events on 17th October saw the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu in the Philippines win in the category of Sustainable Operations.

Through active programmes and consistent monitoring of environmental performance via its participation with the EarthCheck Certification Program, the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu was recognised for achieving significant reductions in total waste, emissions and consumption.

They also achieved per-guest-night metrics ratings consistently and materially exceeding baseline and/or best practice benchmarks.

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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd Make Sustainable Progress

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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels ltd make sustainable progress

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ITP member Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) has published its 2013 annual report including their progress on environmental and sustainability targets.

The report has been prepared according to the new G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, and details the company’s environmental, social and financial performance for 2013.

HSH is one of the first companies in the world to publish its report in accordance with GRI’s G4 Guidelines and be accredited by GRI in the Materiality Matters check.

The report’s sustainability section highlights HSH’s newly launched Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020, which puts sustainability at the heart of the company’s business model and brand. With seven areas of focus covering all divisions of the business, Vision 2020 sets out more than 50 economic, social and environmental goals that HSH is committed to achieve by 2020. Vision 2020 provides a blueprint on how HSH plans to achieve its ambition of taking luxury to the next level, which is sustainable luxury. Mr Clement K.M. Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of HSH, said “To deliver on both luxury and sustainability is not without challenge, but we see a genuine opportunity to achieve this in a way that complements our heritage of quality, thoughtfulness and meticulous attention to detail. 2013 already saw some of our operations making great strides in crafting the path towards sustainable luxury.”

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Entries Welcomed for Sustainable Hotel Awards

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Burba Hotel Network (BHN), HorwathHTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organisers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce that entries for the HICAP 2014 Sustainable Hotel Awards are now being accepted.

The deadline for Awards submissions is 31July 2014.

The 25th annual HICAP will be held 15-17 October 2014, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

HICAP, Asia Pacific’s longest running unequalled gathering place for the hotel investment community, hopes to bring awareness of the importance of sustainable, environmentally-conscious best practices with the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards.

The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 with the aim of recognising hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and environmentally and culturally responsible development.

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A New Eco Member for Peninsula Tokyo’s Fleet

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A new eco member for Peninsula Tokyo’s fleet

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The Peninsula Tokyo has become the first hotel in Japan to add a customised all-electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions in Japan

From November 1, 2014, The Peninsula Tokyo will welcome the ninth addition to its customized car fleet, a Tesla Model S. Available to registered guests for hired chauffeured service, the full-size, all-electric luxury lift back has been finished to match the rest of the hotel’s fleet. The Peninsula Tokyo is the first hotel in Japan to include a plug-in sedan in its fleet.

Engineered in Fremont, California, and introduced in 2012, the Tesla Model S is the world’s first premium all-electric sedan and the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class. It therefore fits perfectly with The Peninsula’s CSR agenda, which hopes to achieve sustainability without forgoing luxury. With a low center of gravity, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a body structure crafted of lightweight aluminium reinforced with high-strength boron steel elements, the Telsa offers the responsiveness and agility expected of the world’s best sports cars while saving on carbon.

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Hilton Worldwide Launch New Soap Recycling Project in Singapore

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Hilton Worldwide launch new soap recycling project in Singapore

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Hilton Worldwide, Soap Cycling, DHL Global Forwarding, and United World College South East Asia Students partner to launch soap recycling program in Singapore

On average, less than half a soap bar gets used by guests at the Hilton Singapore. In the meantime, thousands of underprivileged families in Asia – especially in South Asia – cannot afford to buy soap.  Furthermore, almost 600,000 children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday, because of infections like diarrhoea and pneumonia. It is for these reasons that access to adequate hygiene facilities is increasingly seen as a fundamental human right.

To try and answer this need, and reduce waste, Hilton Worldwide collaborated with Soap Cycling, Asia’s first soap recycling NGO; DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia; and a group of passionate students at the United World College to recycle its bars of soap.

Since June 2014, Hilton Singapore and Conrad Centennial Singapore have begun collecting used bars of soap from guest rooms. These soap bars are then picked up by DHL Global Forwarding, who transports them to Soap Cycling’s processing warehouse in Hong Kong. There, the soap is processed into new bars of soap. These are then transported by NGOs to vulnerable communities in the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and other countries across Asia.

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Environmental Rating in Bali

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Environmental Rating in Bali

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Water scarcity, beach management, the increasing numbers of tourists and the island’s limited carrying capacity are just some of the environmental issues facing Bali in Indonesia

In 1996, triggered by concerns about Bali’s environmental problems and the issues surrounding tourism development, the Wisnu Foundation ‘(a Bali based environmental organisation) set about developing an evaluation system by which hotels can be eco-rated and strive to improve their environmental performance.

The programme is similar to that which has been implemented by BAPEDAL (the Indonesian Environmental Agency) which evaluates and rates industries on the quality of their waste water discharges to the aquatic environment.

Called Proper Prokasih, the industries are inspected every year (on a voluntary basis) and rated from red (for poor performers) through black, blue and green to gold (for the best). Following a workshop run by BAPEDAL on sustainable tourism in late 1997, the Wisnu Foundation invited the general managers of 12 international hotel chains to explore the subject further.

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