The Carbon Consulting Company Adds to Their List of 'Firsts'

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Asia's first CarbonNeutral Apparel Factory launched in Sri Lanka

Working with the Carbon Consulting Company has enabled us to quantify the gains and identify the key issues and implement systems that more directly reduce each factories emissions,” said Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director of the Hirdaramani Group.

The Carbon Consulting Company achieved another significant milestone with the launch of Asia's first CarbonNeutral® apparel factory in Sri Lanka. The Hirdaramani Group’s eco-friendly factory ‘Mihila’ has been awarded CarbonNeutral® certification by The CarbonNeutral Company, a global provider of carbon reduction solutions

"The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) has been created with the purpose of helping organizations reduce their environmental impact and maximize the CSR and marketing opportunities arising from these efforts.  The CCC's mission is to help corporate leaders and decision makers develop the skill sets and knowledge base that would be required for survival in the dawning era of a low carbon economy," says CCC's Director Subramaniam Eassuwaren. " We are pleased to be able to partner a  world class organization such as the  The Hirdaramani Group. Their commitment to  environmental sustainability is aptly demonstrated by the construction of 'Mihila'  which is not only a  LEED™ Gold certified building but also  holds the distinction of being the world’s first custom built Green Apparel Factory. Making it a CarbonNeutral® l factory was the next step for the group and now doubt we will see this commitment continue to grow to encompass other aspects of their operations as well."

The Green House Gas (GHG) assessment for ‘Mihila’ was carried out in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol - Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. The assessment took into account data on fuel consumption, electricity consumption and material consumption as well as direct emissions released from sources that are owned or controlled by the company, Indirect emissions associated from purchased electricity and other sources including business travel, employee commuting, and third party deliveries were used to formulate the carbon footprint of the factory. Following this baseline assessment, Mihila has taken concrete steps to not only mitigate CO2 emissions but increase operational efficiency. The certification of this factory also marks a significant achievement for the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry as it continues to build its position as a leader and flagship destination for ethical and sustainable manufacturing. With increasing consumer demand for ‘green’ products, sustainable manufacturing remains a growth segment and being the first country in Asia to boast a CarbonNeutral® factory adds to our competitive edge against regional providers in addition to the prestige for Sri Lanka as a nation.

“Social responsibility has always been an essential philosophy at the Hirdaramani Group and the environment has become a major part of this agenda. Working with the Carbon Consulting Company has enabled us to quantify the gains and identify the key issues and implement systems that more directly reduce each factories emissions,” said Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director of the Hirdaramani Group. 

Established in 1997, the CarbonNeutral Company is the issuer of the CarbonNeutral certification (underpinned by The CarbonNeutral Protocol) and ranks among the most recognised offset providers in the world. The Carbon Consulting Company is a CARBON FOOTPRINT EXPERT certified company, and is accredited by the CARBON TRUST, the UK Government's carbon standards body.

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