Siddhalepa’s strong commitment towards Climate Change, recently notched up another bar with the ISO 14064 certification for quantification & reporting of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and removals.
Siddhalepa has been measuring their organizational GHG emissions since 2017, conducting an assessment of organizational GHG emissions inventory, also known as a carbon footprint inventory. The total gross GHG emissions is calculated to be 1029.26 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2-e) for 2017/2018 financial year.
By accurately measuring the GHG emissions associated with a company’s operations, the company is able to develop and improve their carbon management strategy and identify new opportunities for carbon reduction. By taking proactive steps to measure, manage report and reduce carbon emissions, a company demonstrates leadership and commitment to addressing the risks associated with dangerous climate change.
The carbon footprint has a number of key benefits to an organization. Reducing the carbon footprint helps a company to better understand its impacts on Climate Change, develop key performance indicators for carbon emissions and energy use. On a social scale, it helps maintain a leading position as an Environment Friendly Company in Sri Lanka, meet the demands of stakeholders to address the imperative Corporate Responsibility of Environmental Preservation and develop action plans to make real carbon savings across the business.
The GHG standard is divided into three scopes, two of which are mandatory and the third voluntary. Siddhalepa achieved the necessary requirements in all three areas to be awarded the SLS ISO 14064 Standard.
Scope one of the GHG standard deals with direct carbon emissions, scope two deals with indirect carbon emissions while scope three deals with voluntary indirect emission reductions.
Siddhalepa will continue their GHG Emission reduction drive with several measures that they plan for the future.
Among them are: Establishing a Green Building Policy for all future constructions according to the
National Green Building Council practices and guidelines, Establishing an Energy Efficient Appliance Purchasing Policy, establishing a Green Procurement Policy, establishing a resource optimization program to reduce or eliminate waste generation of all types of operations and activities of the company. They also plan to develop energy efficiency improvements in factory premises
Achieving the GHG standard is a further endorsement towards their overall commitment towards a greener environment. The company has won a long history of recognition at National Environment Awards. The Group has been among the winners at the National Cleaner Production Awards for water efficiency, material efficiency and production practices from 2009 to 2011 and won a Green Award for the second consecutive year, in 2017 and 2018.