Energy, Waste & Water Management
Our beverage sector uses an environment friendly distilling system with embedded energy saving features, as low evaporation during distillation aids the saving of energy. This technology has also helped in decreasing emission levels.
Waste water treatment plants and an environmentally friendly zero-harm effluent management system ensures that waste, water and effluents are all managed well within the compliance norms. While the waste water is treated to neutralize acidity and released for further use once deemed 100% safe, the methane which is discharged during the purification process is used for factory consumption.
In our bid to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and thereby reduce the expenditure of foreign exchange, we embarked on a mini-hydropower project. The Kirkoswald Mini Hydropower project, under the umbrella of Bogo Power (Pvt) Limited and located within Madulsima Plantation’s land, has gained approval from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka, generating an average of 20.0 GwH of power to the national grid. The water required for the hydropower project is diverted and returned to the river within a short distance from the point of diversion. The channel, weir and power house are small structures, which have minimum impact on the natural eco-system and the communities around the area.
The Collision Repair Centre, which comes under Melsta Logistics Limited, remains very compliant with environmental regulations and in fact, has ensured that its entire facility is ecofriendly. Waste disposal is managed efficiently, with disposable waste being recycled and organic waste converted to compost, which is used to nurture vegetation within the premises. In addition, a waste water treatment plant maximised the usage of water.
Melsta Logistics also took on the responsibility of managing the Group’s fleet of vehicles to ensure that measures are taken to monitor and control emission levels and usage of fossil fuels and thus reduce its carbon footprint.
At present, Texpro is using biomass thermic fluid heaters instead of fossil fuel consuming equipment, as a result the Company managed to reduce the energy cost sustainably.
Our beverage sector packaging gained emphasis to mitigate environmental impact with over 50% of the bottles used for alcohol and spirits being recycled and crates used for transport, being reused. Cellophane, glass, aluminium and plastic generated by the factory were outsourced to an external party for reuse, while used labels were transformed into pulp. This also reduced the number of trees being felled.
The Balangoda Plantations has been accredited by Rain Forest Alliance as a Rain Forest Alliance Certified Plantation.
As a part of its pledge to continually improve environmental and social sustainability, many initiatives were launched by Balangoda Plantations to protect and conserve the natural environment through the prevention of pollution, efficient utilization of resources, effective waste management practices, promotion of environmental awareness and sensitivity amongst the plantation community.