Sri Lanka’s leading apparel giant, Hirdaramani Group recently announced that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use of its Sri Lankan apparel vertical have reached a net-zero status.
The quantification using ISO 14064 standards was externally validated considering the overall emission reductions deriving from investments in renewable energy and the actual emissions from energy use in the apparel manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan apparel giant engaged the Carbon Consulting Company (CCC), Southeast Asia’s leading provider of carbon management services, so as to conduct a GHG assessment of the group’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as they apply to the apparel sectors and the renewable energy sectors, respectively.
CCC determined the overall environmental impact of the group’s 19 factories spread across Sri Lanka at an individual factory level. They also evaluated the three Wind Power Plants situated in the Puttalam district generating 29.7 MW of energy.
The projects are jointly owned by the Hirdaramani Group and the Akbar Brothers Group under the JV Company WindForce (Pvt) Ltd.
After the detailed assessment by CCC, the Hirdaramani Group submitted both the factory emissions and renewable energy projects for verification and validation to the Sustainable Future Group (SFG), an organisation that specialises in verification and certification services for ISO 14064.
SFG assessed 19 factories under the ISO-14064-1 standard thus quantifying the emissions from sources owned and operated by each of the factories, and group’s wind power projects under the ISO 14064-2 standard verifying the GHG emission reductions created by these.
It is worth noting that based on the detailed calculations done by CCC and quantified figures verified by SFG, the Hirdaramani Group declared that they have reached a net-zero status for emissions from energy.
Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director, Hirdaramani Group said “At Hirdaramani, we have a very ambitious sustainability strategy, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that has a clear, effective and actionable framework to deliver real results. Climate change is a major global challenge that we all need to address and thus we are proud to have achieved this milestone in our ongoing sustainable journey.”
Acknowledging the associates of Hirdaramani Group, Nikhil stated that this achievement was a result of their passion and keen interest to protect the planet for future generations, reducing emissions and waste being one of the primary targets that drive them. The group will stay focused on continuing to build on this success and making strides in its commitment to a future-focused sustainable approach to manufacturing.
Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne, CEO, CCC said “We are proud to have been a part of this singularly unique achievement in the region, in conclusively showing that the group’s overall emission reductions exceed its actual emissions thus creating a net-zero status for emissions from energy.”