India: The luxury hotel chain, Amatra Hotels and Resorts, plans to become a zero-waste and sustainable hospitality company in the coming years.
Plans involve a reduction of 150 kilograms a year of single-use plastic in the financial year 2020-21. With seven properties expected to be added in its portfolio, the total reduction amounts to around 750 kilograms of single-use plastic.
Amatra is also looking to implement prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to eradicate single-use plastic in all of its properties by 2022.
The move towards a zero waste concept ensures that no discharge of hotel waste is hazardous to land, water or air when burnt or buried. To meet this criteria, Amatra will convert a large amount of food waste into organic manure.
The introduction of biodegradable packaging for its in-room amenities, along with the investment in rooftop solar panels, further help to minimise waste and emissions.
“India is moving ahead in the global hierarchy and is eye to be a leader in reducing its carbon emissions, zero single plastic use, and increasing sustainable development,” said Preety Arora, head of business strategy at Amatra. “Amatra is also on the same mission to ensure to establish benchmarks in the hospitality sector in India with sustainable development and zero waste policy”.
Amatra Hotels and Resorts currently has two properties: Amatra Dunsvirk Court in Mussoorie, and Amatra by the Ganges in Haridwar.
It is looking to acquire additional properties in Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and other locations across the country.