The Imperial New Delhi hosts Green Luncheon to commemorate World Environment Day
June 6, 2012: Acknowledging the role of hospitality sector in ensuring a green environment, The Imperial organized ‘Green Luncheon’ for opinion makers to commemorate the occasion.
At this annual luncheon, Mr Vijay Wanchoo, Senior Executive Vice President & General Manager, The Imperial New Delhi, said, “Some of our practices include following Earth hour, taking steps towards effective waste management, using alternative sources of energy, reducing carbon footprint , sourcing organic food amongst others. We recently inaugurated solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly. We would be soon launching an organic menu at 1911 for breakfast and lunch. All these are sustainable practices and play an important role in making The Imperial a green hotel in operations.”
Embracing conservation of natural resources and sensible use of energy and water, The Imperial is on the verge of gaining competitive edge in green operations that would undoubtedly have a positive impact on like-minded contributors towards environment.
Some of the green practices at The Imperial include ensuring conservation of water, fuel and energy and having systems in place to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Recycled waste water is used for gardening. Waste food is sent to piggery farms / NGOs and waste oil for recycling. The hotel uses CFL lamps, occupancy sensor light controls (in locker rooms), energy saver cards for guest rooms, variable frequency drive motors and timers for building lights, rain water harvesting and fresh air units for alternative energy resources. They also have a dual flushing system in toilets, bio blocks for urinals and self closing taps in staff toilets.
Future actions include installation of CFC- free equipments for refrigeration, replacing the pumps with VFD systems (Variable Frequency Drive) that will consume electricity as per the requirement, installation of solar lighting fixtures for plantation areas and Solar water heating system and placing water recycle plant for gardening, flushing systems and cooling towers. The Imperial has a plan to replace the coal fired Tandoor with the Semi Automatic Chapatti Machine run by Natural Gas which in turn will reduce tons of carbon emission in the environment. The energy used in this machine will only be 6% which will be extremely beneficial for energy saving.
The Imperial provides natural products like herbal soaps and use eco-friendly cleaning agents. The use of Choloro flouro carbons is being phased out from refrigeration equipment and use of natural light, air and heat is under implementation in restaurants.