Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL, better known as Taj hotels) has introduced its newly penned sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy called Paathya. The goals of this plan include elimination of single-use plastics, achieving water neutrality, and getting all its hotels the Global Sustainability Standards Board  (GSSB) certification by 2030.

‘Today, it has become even more important to chart a new tomorrow – one that is more sustainable and inclusive. We believe this is the only way to drive India’s journey to being among the top travel and tourism economies. The launch of Paathya is in line with IHCL’s commitment to strengthen its resolve of contributing to the society with an integrated approach towards creating sustainable growth and positive impact. This reaffirms our founder Jamsetji Tata’s vision of keeping community at the heart of business,” said Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and chief executive officer, IHCL.

The company claims that 78 of its hotels have achieved EarthCheck certification with 47 Platinum recognitions, which is the largest in the global tourism industry. Going forward, all business meetings and conferences of IHCL will go green with the introduction of Innergise – Green Meetings, a hybrid meeting concept targeted at reducing the company’s environmental impact.

IHCL has also collaborated with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and committed to adopt all Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) projects in the geographies of its operations. It has already invested in a few sites including Gateway of India in Mumbai and National Railway Museum in New Delhi, and adopted a few ghats in Varanasi. 

IHCL’s sustainability progress in numbers from FY 2021:

–33 per cent of water consumed in IHCL’s global operations was reused and recycled onsite.

–21 per cent of its total energy consumption was from renewable energy including wind and solar power, saving 55,454 tonnes of CO2 emissions. 

–About two million plastic straws were eliminated from IHCL’s ecosystem, leading to 3,410 kg CO2 EQ emissions being avoided