The world and world leaders today are gradually moving towards a sustainable model to ensure the quality of life of our future generations. And bringing this initiative home and to the hospitality industry is IHCL with its latest executive – Paathya.
Keeping sustainability and social impact in mind, the Indian Hotels Company launched its Paathya initiative at the Taj Palace Hotel yesterday. The initiative aims environmental stewardship, social responsibility, governance excellence, heritage preservation, value chain transformation and sustainable growth. Including both short and long term goals, the initiative is the first step in the direction of positive change in the hospitality industry. The event was also honored by Rupinder Brar, Additional DG, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
“Today it has become even more important to chart a new future – a more sustainable and inclusive future. We believe this is the only way to make India one of the best travel and tourism economies The launch of Paathya is in line with IHCL’s commitment to strengthen its resolve to contribute to society with an integrated approach aimed at creating sustainable growth and positive impact.This reaffirms the vision of our founder, Jamsetji Tata, who is about keeping the community at the heart of the business,” said Punnet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO of IHCL.
He also reiterated how the pandemic has taught the resilient hospitality industry that “when it comes to issues of environmental impact, social responsibility and governance, there are risks involved. But at the same time, there are even more opportunities.
As part of the initiative, the hospitality giant aims to eliminate all single-use plastic in all properties by 2030 and will have waste management systems on site. Additionally, all units will ensure 100% wastewater reuse while being certified to global sustainability standards. IHCL is also committed to sourcing 50% of energy from renewable sources, as well as sourcing 50% of raw materials locally with a 100% supplier code of conduct. In the coming years, we will also see 50% of the parking area of all IHCL properties dedicated to electric vehicle charging stations. In addition, all hotels will also be equipped to hold Innergise-vert meetings to reduce environmental impact. These meetings will be paperless and will use recycled or upcycled materials. A glimpse of the same was seen when Paathya launched, in the form of crash pens and after-use notebooks. In fact, serving dishes were also made from coffee waste.
Committing to action, Chhatwal also said, “The initiative will emphasize values shared by all stakeholders. In order to continue the growth and development of the tourism sector, it is essential to ensure that it is sustainable and inclusive and contributes positively to the communities, natural ecosystems and cultural heritage on which our sector depends.