Taj hotels strike Gold with EarthCheck award
Nine hotels recognised for delivering robust environmental savings
EarthCheck, a global leader in environmental benchmarking and certification, has presented nine Taj hotels with Gold Certification for five years of continuous benchmarking and reporting under the EarthCheck Standard.
The hotels are the first of 76 EarthCheck accredited hotels across the Taj portfolio to achieve the five year milestone, with 54 more properties on track to reach the target by 2016.
Using the EarthCheck program, the nine honoured hotels are proving they can deliver robust environmental savings to complement Taj’s existing CSR programs.
In 2013, they collectively reduced energy consumption by 174,766,344MJ, enough energy to power 53,940 homes in India and cut waste by 7,172,259.2 litres, the equivalent of removing 186 shipping containers filled with rubbish.
“Taj has a long standing commitment to sustainability programs, and the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification accreditation perfectly complements our Taj EARTH internal process and campaign,” said Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO of the Indian Hotels Company.
“EarthCheck benchmarking reiterates our commitment and sets the stage for conscious organizational effort to commit to energy and water conservation, better waste management practices and focused local sourcing of materials and manpower."
CEO of EarthCheck and EC3 Global, Stewart Moore added that while many global hotel brands are now measuring and benchmarking their CSR activities, few are certified by an external party.
“The fact that Taj Group is using EarthCheck capabilities and backing their benchmarking with a recognized third party is what gives this hotel group a point of difference in its sustainability efforts,” Moore said.
“What is also commendable is that the Taj Group has maintained this benchmarking for five years without wavering while some other hotel groups have dipped in and out of the sustainability space."