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Brandix honored as country's top achiever in energy efficiency

Brandix Director Aslam Omar receives the Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Award from President Mahinda Rajapakse

Wins National Energy Efficiency Award in Large Scale manufacturing category at 'Vidulka' event

Top apparel exporter Brandix emphatically reaffirmed its status as Sri Lanka's benchmark for environment-friendly manufacture by winning the country's apex award for energy conservation at a ceremony presided over by President Mahinda Rajapakse on the 3rd of August.

The main award in the 'Large Scale Manufacturing' category at the first ever Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards was presented by the President to Brandix Director Aslam Omar, as part of the government's Vidulka Energy Week programme, recognizing the Group as the most energy efficient among the largest manufacturers in the country.

Energy consumption data of three years was evaluated by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), a unit of the Ministry of Power & Energy, to determine the winners in five categories for this prestigious award.

Brandix, the pioneer of and process leader in eco-friendly manufacture in Sri Lanka, and the first apparel manufacturer in the world to receive Platinum status for Green manufacture from the US Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system, led the field of contenders from multiple sectors of industry.

Commenting on this latest accolade for commitment to the environment, Brandix CEO Ashroff Omar said: "The impact our business has and will have on the environment has long been and will always be a top priority in our sustainability agenda. In fact, Brandix's innovative efforts to minimise carbon dioxide emissions, conserve energy and water and eliminate solid waste to landfill precede the widespread consciousness created by the efforts of people on the international stage such as even Al Gore."

For the purpose of identifying worthy recipients for the National Energy Efficiency Awards, parameters such as reductions in furnace oil use, electricity consumption and carbon footprint, new technology employed to promote energy efficiency, the capability of personnel involved in energy efficiency initiatives and the commitment of top management to the cause were among those considered by the SLSEA.

Certified data submitted by Brandix to the Authority's panel of judges showed that the Group had reduced its total electricity consumption by 16 per cent (from 4.8 million kWh in 2008 to 4.0 million kWh in 2010) and fuel consumption by 28 per cent (from 910,000 litres in 2008 to 650,000 litres in 2010) through a combination of new technology, improved processes, and conversion to renewable energy sources. Furthermore, Brandix's flagship eco-friendly manufacturing facility at Seeduwa has achieved and maintained a 46 per cent reduction in energy consumption since it was redesigned and reopened in April 2008.

"These awards are particularly important because they result in an evaluation across diverse sectors of methods used to improve energy efficiency and the results achieved," Brandix Director AJ Johnpillai said. "This leads to the identification of benchmarks, such as Brandix, whose achievements can inspire like-minded industries to seek similar results."

The Brandix Group completed an enterprise-wide Greenhouse gas inventory in 2008 and calculated its carbon footprint according to the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (WBCSD/WRI) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The audit covered more than 85 emission sources at Group companies, subsidiaries, Brandix-managed joint ventures and associate companies, and indicated total CO2e emissions of 86,322 MT per year. Energy efficiency projects undertaken by individual companies in 2009 alone resulted in a collective reduction of 1,800 MT of CO2, about 7 per cent of the Group's total carbon footprint. Brandix expects to have reduced its Group-wide carbon footprint by a further 10 per cent by the end of 2010, and has set itself an overall target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2012.

Brandix's commitment to environment-friendly manufacture has already won local and global recognition. In 2009, the Group was presented the Energy Globe Award, the world's most prominent and prestigious environmental prize, for its Green Factory at Seeduwa. In 2007, Brandix Finishing Ltd., (BFL) Ratmalana won Gold at the prestigious International Green Apple Environmental Awards presented at Britain's House of Commons for its efforts to achieve zero disposal of solid waste to landfill.

The pioneer of the concept of 'total solutions' in Sri Lanka's apparel sector, Brandix is a preferred solutions provider to some of the world's leading apparel brands, including Gap, Marks & Spencer, Victoria's Secret, NEXT, Lands' End, Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy and Tommy Hilfiger. The Group specializes in casual bottoms, intimate and active wear, textiles, knitted fabrics, sewing and embroidery thread, accessories and hangers, and also offers wet processing and finishing and fabric printing.

 

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