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

ITC Hotels said on Wednesday that the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) has recognised ITC Windsor, Bengaluru as the first hotel in the world to achieve the LEED Zero Carbon Certification.

The chain said LEED Zero certification encourages a ‘holistic’ approach for buildings and places, which will contribute to a regenerative future.

ITC Hotels said Windsor is powered by its own wind turbine generators and uses innovative energy efficient technologies such as electrical boiler, induction burners and other renewable energy.

The LEED Zero carbon certification includes creating an environment and a process where any human-produced carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through technological or natural means. Nakul Anand, executive Director, ITC Ltd. stated: “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. 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.”

ITC Hotels said it has pioneered several initiatives on environment, hotel ecosystem, health, and well-being such as being one of the first chains to eliminate single use plastic free products to deployment of radiation harmonisers across the chain and farm to fork low carbon footprint cuisines.

“At USGBC we believe net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward. It influences the rest of the industry to aim even higher and achieving LEED Zero certification demonstrates these goals are attainable,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “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.”

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