Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter to invest another $2 million to become Greener still
Midway in an enterprise-wide initiative to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2012, Sri Lanka's Brandix Group has reported that it is well on target, and has become possibly the first apparel manufacturer worldwide to be in a position to declare the carbon footprint for every individual item it produces.
Addressing media in Colombo, Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter said investments over the past two years to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing locations across the Group had resulted in a reduction of CO2 or CO2 equivalent gasses by more than 6,000 MT per year as at 31st March 2010, shrinking Brandix's annual carbon footprint by 7 per cent. Further reductions this year would trim the Group's carbon footprint by up to 17 per cent by December 2010.
Brandix Director AJ Johnpillai announced that the Group would invest a further US$ 2 million (Rs 230 million) over the next two years on measures to improve energy efficiency, switch to renewable energy and promote eco-friendly manufacture to reduce its carbon footprint by nearly a third by 31st March 2012.
"Our passion for and commitment to Greening our operations has gathered pace since we commissioned the world's first Platinum-rated Green apparel factory in April 2008," he said, disclosing that the Brandix Group would qualify to earn US$ 127,000 in Carbon Credits in 2011, under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol.
He said Brandix had completed its 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 which covered more than 85 emission sources at Group companies, subsidiaries, Brandix-managed joint ventures and associate companies indicated total CO2e emissions of 86,322 MT per year.
The energy efficiency projects alone undertaken by individual companies in 2009 resulted in a collective reduction of 1,800 MT of CO2. This was 7 per cent of the total targeted reduction, Mr. Johnpillai said.
"Our inventory even computes Greenhouse Gas emissions by Group Director, each of who heads a cluster of business units, and shows that nearly 80 per cent of emissions are from sources owned or controlled by the Group, making them manageable," he said.
"Our inventory even computes Greenhouse Gas emissions by Group Director, each of who heads a cluster of business units, and shows that nearly 80 per cent of emissions are from sources owned or controlled by the Group, making them manageable,"A J Johnpillai, Director, BrandixHe said an initiative to calculate the carbon footprint for every individual type of garment manufactured by the Group would facilitate obtaining eco-friendly labels which carry weight with buyers in European and US markets. "If, or more accurately when, legislation comes requiring exporters to declare the carbon footprint of every individual item of apparel, the Brandix Group would be ready to comply," Mr. Johnpillai said.
The Brandix Group's commitment to environment-friendly manufacture has 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.