Sri Lanka’s largest logistics solutions company, EFL’s five-year march towards achieving a more sustainable operational model culminates in its certification as ‘Carbon Neutral’ as of 1st April 2021.
The company’s achievement remains the culmination of a series of systematic initiatives implemented since 2016, which looked to transform its business into a far more efficient and sustainable operational model. These efforts by themselves resulted in a remarkable 90% reduction in its company-wide carbon footprint.
The first step taken by the company was the setting up of its own 651.28 kWp solar power plant at the EFL Campus in Wellampitiya in 2016, which is recognised as Sri Lanka’s second largest rooftop solar power plant. The hi-tech plant currently generates 70% of the company’s energy needs.
In addition, operating the country’s first LEED Gold Accredited facility, the EFL Logistics Campus, was also was another major contributory factor. The Campus currently scores a high 60-79 points in its assessment of occupant health and productivity, resource usage, waste reduction, negative environmental impacts, and decreased life cycle costs.
The facility is ISO 14001 certified for its enhancement of environmental performance, fulfilment of compliance obligations, and achievement of its environmental objectives. EFL is also the recipient of the Gold award for Environmental Sustainability at National Business Excellence Awards 2019.
The company also implements a comprehensive ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ (3R) system at all its locations, that includes paperless e-flow, and smart motion sensor lighting and air conditioning systems, in an attempt to cut down on its 90% electricity generated emissions.
In order to reach full carbon neutrality, EFL 3PL partnered up with the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform, and its resultant eligibility for Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), which can be considered the final embellishment in its 5 year long march towards a more environmentally conscious operational model.
CERs are emission reduction units that are generated by projects launched through the UN’s Climate Change Clean Development Mechanism, and the United Nations Carbon Offset platform allows organisations to support these projects and help contribute to sustainable development in developing countries.