Meluha the Fern, an Ecotel Hotel | Meluha the Fern

“The hotel is certified and verified as a first-of-its-kind in its local market, evidence of leadership and accountability that others in the region are not showing. It addresses known environmental issues and is improving awareness of these issues for guests and employees. The range of issues tackled is wide and the metrics provided are impressive, including 3.7% of operating costs reduced. That’s significant by any company’s standards.”
--Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards judge

Meluha the Fern Ecotel Hotel, a hotel operated by the Concept Hospitality Group in Mumbai, India, is a hotel that focuses on conserving energy, water, and solid waste and has, as a result of these efforts, reduced operating costs by 3.7%.

meluha image reduced“Ecotel” is a certification that enables hotels to become sustainable by reducing the environmental impact of their business and becoming financially more viable and socially responsible. Managed by HVS Sustainability, Ecotel was developed in 1994. The certification’s criteria are commensurate with those internationally recognized for sustainability. In order to certify as an Ecotel, a hotel must effectively recycle and manage waste wherever generated. Proper systems for collection, recycling and disposal of waste in all departments are required for the Ecotel certification.

Meluha’s solid waste diversion rate of 99.4% places the hotel at the highest diversion rate in India, according to the HVS Environmental Resource Consumption benchmarking survey. All employees of the hotel undergo training in basic solid waste management techniques. And the hotel’s partnership with the Hiranandani Gardens gives it the highest offsite water reuse number in India. Meluha is also ranked number one in total water reuse in India.

The hotel also reduces its impact on the environment through various other means, such as using PL/LED lights and T5 fluorescent tubes which consume less energy. Use of “master control panels” in guestrooms incorporate a feature known as the “green button,” which steps up the thermostat of the air-conditioning unit by two degrees, saving on electricity. The hot water heaters, set at 50 degrees C, come as a byproduct of the air conditioning plant.

Hermetically sealed double glazed windows block the heat of the sun, conserving air conditioning energy. The rooftop is treated with three layers of coba, which acts as an insulator from heat, reducing air conditioning load.

Meluha has also launched “Pure Rooms,” which feature in-room filtration systems that render the room nearly 99.9% allergen-free.

As one judge said, “There’s little doubt that India will go down the sustainable hotel track just as hotels in the Western world are doing, and Meluha’s strategy ought to give them a first-mover advantage as this happens.”