In September ITC Hotels opened Grand Chola in Chennai, creating the world’s largest LEED Platinum rated hotel. Last week we spoke to the Vice President and General Manager, Mr Philippe Charraudeau to get more information about the hotel’s eco initiatives.
‘ITC Hotels’ green initiatives started life as “Welcomenviron” way back in 1993. Now all of ITC’s Luxury hotels are LEED Platinum rated, making it one of the greenest luxury hotel chains in the world and a true pioneer of the movement in India.’ Mr Charraudeau explains, ‘ITC Grand Chola’s parent company ITC Limited strongly pursues all aspects of environmental protection. The company has triple bottom lines (Economic, Environmental and Societal). ITC Hotels is a division of ITC Limited and hence all policies flow through its actions. ITC Limited is one of the very few corporates in India who voluntarily bring out their Sustainability Reports every year in total accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The commitment to sustainability and years of efforts have resulted in the company being the only one of its size to be Carbon Positive, Water Positive and Waste Recycling Positive.’
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