ITC Windsor in Bengaluru has become the first hotel in the world to receive the LEED Zero Carbon Certification, which is a recognition of its energy-efficient operations.

LEED Zero Carbon recognises buildings operating with net zero carbon emissions from energy consumptions.

The certification is given by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) — a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable building and construction.

“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,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.

The hotel is uses energy-efficient technologies like electric boilers, induction burners and other renewable sources of energy and is powered by its own wind turbine generators.

ITC Hotels is known for its commitment to sustainability with its “Responsible Luxury” messaging. With the largest number of LEED Platinum Certified properties in India, the group was one of the first to eliminate the use of single-use plastic products and serve farm-to-fork low carbon footprint cuisines.

“Elevating the role of buildings in mitigating climate-related risks and halting resource depletion is critical in achieving a sustainable and regenerative future for all. 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,” says Nakul Anand, executive director of ITC.