The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) was recently awarded the Certificate for ‘Carbon Neutral’ - becoming the first ‘green chamber’ in the country to offset its carbon footprint.
In a chamber press release, Asoka Hettigoda, President of NCCSL was quoted as saying that, “Companies across the globe are recognizing the fact that corporates have an undeniable role in helping mitigate climate change and carbon pollution.
Our vision is to help the local business enterprises compete better in markets across the globe.”
He said: “Hence we are leading by example in becoming the country's first Chamber to be certified as Carbon Neutral. We want to show our members that Sri Lankan companies can be on the forefront of the world trends"
The Carbon Consulting Company(CCC) which helped NCCSL in its certification process, has been created with the purpose of helping organizations reduce their environmental impact and maximize the CSR and marketing opportunities arising from these efforts.
The CCC's mission is to help corporate leaders and decision makers develop the skill sets and knowledge base that would be required for survival in the dawning era of a low carbon economy.
"The calculation of the carbon footprint for the NCCSL was carried out in accordance with international standards," says CCC Director Subramaniam Eassuwaren.
"An organizational greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) assessment quantifies the total greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly from a business organization’s activities.
Also known as a Carbon Footprint, it is an essential tool, for understanding and managing its climate change impacts.
GHG assessments are carried in accordance to the internationally recognized standards for accounting and reporting corporate greenhouse gas emissions.