ITC Windsor Bengaluru becomes first hotel in world to achieve LEED Zero Carbon Certification

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ITC Windsor in Bengaluru in the South Indian state of Karnataka has become the first hotel in the world to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Zero Carbon certification, which is given by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)—a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable building and construction.

The ITC Group of Hotels has long been known for its sustainability initiatives, with “Responsible Luxury” as its brand promise. Considering its reputation for sustainability, it is no surprise that the group has the largest number of LEED Platinum Certified properties in its ambit.

Would you believe that this hotel is powered by its own wind turbine generators. Further, it uses energy-efficient technologies such as electric boilers, induction burners, and other renewable sources of energy for its daily operations.

“While ITC Windsor was USGBC LEED Platinum certified under the Existing Building category in the year 2011, the hotel’s best practices on sustainability and focused approach has helped in furthering its green eco-system and has credited it with the defining distinction of now becoming the first hotel in the world to be LEED Zero Carbon certified,” the hotel said in a statement.

Nakul Anand, Executive Director of ITC said: “Elevating the role of buildings in mitigating climate-related risks and halting resource depletion is critical in achieving a sustainable and regenerative future for all. 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.”

Don’t you think more hotels in the hospitality sector must embark upon the journey of sustainability and must take more green iniiatives? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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