The pioneering efforts of SriLankan Catering Limited towards environmental conservation were rewarded yet again when it won the Green Jobs Award 2011, the fourth such accolade within the span of one year, the airline said.
Sarath Fernando, SriLankan Catering’s CEO, said: “SriLankan Catering has built up a strong tradition of dedication towards the environment within a very short period. Every one of our 500-plus employees is an active stakeholder in this important programme, and we are delighted that our collective efforts are being continuously recognized, both nationally and internationally.”
SriLankan Catering earlier won two prestigious Mercury Awards from the International Travel Catering Association, plus the National Energy Efficiency Gold Award (large scale state sector category) from Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Energy Authority. The Green Jobs Award is presented by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Environment for companies that have taken significant steps to transform their production processes in order to reduce adverse impacts on the environment.
A key feature of SriLankan Catering’s efforts was investing in an ‘Autoclave Food Waste Processing System’ which turned food waste from arriving aircraft into animal feed which is utilized by a nearby farm that is itself a model of conservation. The comprehensive programme also includes such simple, yet highly effective aspects as having employees switch off unnecessary lights and take the stairs rather than the elevator.