India’s leading hospitality company, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) today announced the successful completion of nine pioneering pilot projects in collaboration with IFC’s TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Innovation Program, within a short span of 18 months. This underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to fostering environmentally responsible practices to bring efficient, climate-smart, cost-effective cooling solutions to India’s hospitality sector.
Mr. Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President – Human Resources, IHCL, said, “IHCL with Paathya, its comprehensive ESG+ platform, is committed to driving sustainability and social impact measures. The rigorous testing of nine innovative cooling solutions has allowed us to validate their real-world performance. The implementation of these pilots across our portfolio has the potential to result in savings of up to US$18.2 million and a substantial annual reduction of 108,000 tCO2 emissions. We are delighted to work with IFC for a greener future.”
IHCL has successfully piloted two projects at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa. A low approach cooling tower optimises the performance of the air conditioning system by maintaining the approach condenser temperature within 2 °C and a BE-IoT (Built Environment Internet-of-Things) system that focuses on critical cooling system equipment. These solutions demonstrated remarkable potential for cost savings and emphasised the critical role of continuous monitoring and automation. The future introduction of AI/ML capabilities, in conjunction with monitoring and automation, holds the promise of unlocking even greater savings. Further, IHCL also successfully piloted a chemical-free water treatment system at Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa. This solution eliminated the need for chemical dosage and created a positive impact on operational expenses.