28 May 2015
Reducing the carbon footprint in organizations and companies will have long-lasting environmental and economic benefits not only to individual organizations but to the nation at large, one of country’s pioneering carbon reduction consultancy firms – Somaratna Consultants announced.
“The announcement by the Ministry of Power and Energy to reduce the carbon footprint of the energy sector by 5% by 2025, is an unprecedented move by a State agency in Sri Lanka,” Somaratna Consultants Managing Director K. Chandralal Somaratna said.
‘Sri Lanka Energy Sector Development Plan for A Knowledge-Based Economy 2015 – 2025’ policy made public last month, stipulates that Sri Lanka will make plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the energy sector to address global warming and climate change impacts.
The policy also added that all available opportunities in product development and service delivery will be exploited to develop home-grown technologies in energy conversion, storage, delivery, metering and billing to enhance the stake of renewable energy, carbon emissions avoidance and efficiency in the energy systems.
Furthermore the Ministry announcing that a comprehensive research would be undertaken in atmospheric carbon reduction technologies to mitigate the impact of increased energy consumption on the climate was a highly positive move.
In light of these developments the ability to conclusively report GHG footprint is becoming increasingly important. Recently Somaratna Consultants marked a new chapter in the country’s corporate sector by providing consultancy services for the first-ever GHG Report to be verified against ISO 14064-1 by an accredited certification body. So far they have carried out three similar assignments successfully.