SRI LANKA: Apparel plants targeted in energy drive
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has joined forces with Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) to promote energy conservation in the country’s apparel sector.
The drive follows a recent energy audit of seven plants which projected electricity savings of 10-50% if conservation methods were adopted.
And if all energy conservation measures were implemented, carbon dioxide emissions could be cut by 16% a year, the audit found.
“Simple changes, including the use of energy efficient lights, air conditioners and equipment will help make all the difference in reducing operating costs,” said Tuli Cooray, JAAF secretary general.
“Other measures like improvements to existing equipment will also boost energy efficiency.”
The benefits of renewable energy applications, such as biomass and rooftop solar systems, were also highlighted in the audit.
Energy costs are calculated to account for up to 15% of a factory’s total operating costs in Sri Lanka’s garment sector.
“Increases in the cost of electricity and a heavy dependency on imported fuels such as diesel and kerosene directly affect the competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s apparel sector,” said Adam Sack, IFC vountry manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives.
- How apparel retailers should react to Brexit
- US fashion firms share their sourcing strategies
- Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?
- Retailers warned of high volatility in Brexit wake
- Lies and statistics – the sustainability version
- Columbia rain jacket a milestone in sustainability
- Myanmar factories prepare for compliance training
- Alliance cuts ties with three more factories
- Online fabric platform to "revolutionise" buying
- ILO decent work in global supply chains criticised
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Primark Stores Limited: Retailing - Company Profile & SWOT Analysis
- Clothing & Footwear Retailing in Indonesia– Market Summary & Forecasts
- Clothing & Footwear Retailing in China – Market Summary & Forecasts
- Clothing & Footwear Retailing in Denmark