Fifty of Taj Group’s hotels have been awarded EarthCheck Gold certification, following an audit of their environmental processes and performance.
The results revealed that the group achieved an average 28.6% reduction in energy, water and waste, which resulted in operational cost savings of more than US$6 million.
The group’s energy use was cut by 11.9%, saving 558m megajoules of energy, while water consumption was reduced by 24.8%, resulting in a saving of 1.8 billion litres of water. And impressively, Taj has almost halved the amount of waste its hotels produce, with a 49.3% reduction equating to 11.4m litres of waste.
Currently, 77 Taj Group hotels are enrolled in the EarthCheck programme and 50 have achieved Gold certification.
Stewart Moore, EarthCheck founder & CEO said that Taj is the first hotel group in the world to have 50 hotels achieve Gold status in the same year, having completed a minimum of five years of continuous benchmarking through the EarthCheck programme.
“The Taj Earth sustainability programme, which is accredited by the globally recognised certification for environmental excellence in the hospitality industry, EarthCheck, is an initiative which reiterates the company’s conscious efforts towards sustainability and is aligned with the Tata ethos of keeping communities at the heart of doing business,” stated Rakhee Lalvani, Taj Hotels’ assistance vice president of public relations.
Green Initiatives implemented by the group include the installation of wind turbine generators and green plant walls at its hotels.