Taking its signature Responsible Luxury motto up a notch, ITC Windsor in Bengaluru becomes the first property in the world to achieve LEED Zero Carbon Certification. Here’s what it means. By Bayar Jain
According to an official statement issued by ITC Hotels, their property in Bengaluru—ITC Windsor—has been accorded with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Zero Carbon Certification, making it the world’s first hotel to achieve the tag. This certification has been awarded by United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in appreciation of the brand’s planet positive initiatives.
Notably, the internationally recognised LEED Zero Carbon Certification is accorded to buildings and places that demonstrate a commitment towards assuring a sustainable living, work towards eliminating carbon dioxide from the environment, and successfully achieve net zero goals. ITC Windsor has taken many initiatives in this regard.
The luxurious property is powered by in-house wind turbine generators, and relies on electrical boilers, induction burners and other renewable energy sources for sustenance. Further, the hotel is committed towards achieving net zero carbon status; an approach that is further strengthened by the hotel chain’s signature Responsible Luxury initiative. The chain is not only one of the world’s first to eliminate single use plastic, but has also deployed radiation harmonisers, embraced a farm-to-fork low carbon footprint cuisine, assured clean air, and achieved a LEED platinum rating across its properties.
“ITC Hotels’ growth story is a story about sustainability […] At ITC Hotels, we understand the value of going beyond efficiency and have showcased extraordinary sustainability leadership by enhancing the renewable energy footprint, energy efficiency and mitigation of greenhouse gases emission,” says Nakul Anand, Executive Director of ITC Ltd. “Innovative net-zero projects such as ITC Windsor are aligned to India’s vision of significantly cutting emissions, and are a critical driving force behind the transformation of buildings, cities, and communities so that they continue to sustain future generations,” adds Anand.
Acknowledging this win, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC says, “Given the climate-related risks we are facing and the central role buildings play in climate mitigation, ITC Windsor’s LEED Zero certification for carbon demonstrates visionary leadership because it contributes toward a regenerative future and represents a commitment to making the world a better place. By prioritising net zero carbon, ITC Windsor is pioneering a new way forward for the industry as a whole.”