Building low-carbon intensity infrastructure is a crucial component for driving green growth. India's thrust to make the economy future-ready, and achieve net-zero by 2070 is visible in its efforts to promote sustainable and climate-friendly green growth.
As a responsible corporate citizen contributing to the country's climate plan action, ITC recognises the urgent need to build a sustainable and more secure future. To chart the course of a low-carbon growth path, ITC has focused on building future-ready green infrastructure that also contributes to India's climate mitigation efforts.
Green Buildings are a vital plank in ITC's agenda for environmental stewardship. Spearheading the movement for 'green buildings' in India, ITC's pathbreaking journey began in 2004 with ITC Green Centre, the headquarters of its Hotels Business in Gurugram, being accorded the highest rating in Platinum LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In 2009, the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, hailed the facility as a "monument to the future"!
The growing footprint of ITC's Businesses requires rapid development of new infrastructure like new factories, expansion of existing factories, new Hotels and offices. In order to continuously reduce its energy footprint, green features are being integrated in all new and existing buildings including hotels, manufacturing units, warehouses, and office complexes. Several of ITC's factories and office complexes have already received the Green Building certification from IGBC, the LEED® certification from the USGBC and Bureau of Energy Efficiency's (BEE) star ratings.
ITC's hotels offer world-class luxury experiences which addresses wellness and safety through responsible practices that are in harmony with the environment. ITC's chain of super premium luxury hotels combines innovation, cutting-edge technology, and design integration to set new benchmarks in energy efficiency, water efficiency, solid waste recycling and carbon reduction.
At present, 40 of ITC's properties have achieved Platinum certification by USGBC/ Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Its super premium luxury hotels are all LEED® Platinum certified, making it a trailblazer in green hoteliering globally.
ITC Grand Chola is one of the world's largest LEED® Platinum rated green hotels. It was also the first to be awarded 5 Star GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The ITC Sankhya Data Centre in Bengaluru is the first facility in the world to receive LEED® Platinum as well as LEED Zero Carbon certification. Twelve properties of ITC Hotels are the first hotels in the world to have attained the LEED Zero Carbon Certification by United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Two ITC Hotels have become the first two hotels in the world to be LEED Zero Water Certified.
ITC is committed to scaling up its efforts for combatting climate change and enabling the transition to a Net Zero economy through accelerated decarbonization and climate adaptation strategy. The Company is accelerating towards achieving its bold Sustainability 2.0 goals through continued investment in green infrastructure and energy efficient technologies.