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ITC Hotels, India - Greening the World One Hotel at a Time

Travel and Hotel News


August 10, 2011

ITC Sonar, Kolkata, India, the first hotel in the world to earn carbon credits under the carbon trading regime

Setting a standard for environmentally friendly lodging around the world, India's ITC Hotels is the first chain to have every one of its luxury hotels awarded a LEED Platinum rating. The highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGCB), Platinum classification was given to each property due to the chain's philosophy of "Responsible Luxury." This credo focuses on a commitment to perform to the highest standards of energy, water and waste efficiency, as well as to provide inspiration for the green building movement in India. At the heart of Responsible Luxury is product design in the form of buildings that utilize renewable energy and resources. Energy and water conservation, recycling, biodegradable products and the protection of scarce environmental resources also factor into the chain's practices. As a result, guests staying at an ITC luxury hotel — such as the ITC Mughal in Agra or ITC Maurya in New Delhi — have the satisfaction of a holiday that contributes to a lower carbon footprint.

For more information, visit www.itchotels.in


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