Sri Lanka ‘green’ apparel plant seen as global model

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

June 14, 2010 (LBO) – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has recommended as a global model an environmentally friendly apparel plant owned by Sri Lanka’s Brandix Group, a statement said. Visiting UNIDO Director General Dr. Kandeh Yumkella toured the facility in Seeduwa, north of Colombo, last week.

“I am pleased to recommend this factory as an example of sustainable production to manufacturers across industries and geographical boundaries, the Brandix statement quoted him as saying.

The 130,000 square-foot Brandix Eco Centre is the group’s lead manufacturing plant for Marks & Spencer.

It has been rated ‘Platinum’ under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council for its low energy consumption, water conservation, solid waste management and low carbon emissions.

The factory has achieved a reduction of carbon emissions by 60 percent, an energy saving of 46 percent, a reduction of water consumption of 63 percent and zero solid waste to landfill.

The Brandix Group’s initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing locations is on course to reduce the entire group’s car