Carbon Neutral Dilmah

Carbon Neutral Dilmah

With the increase in greenhouse gas emissions being the primary culprit of climate change it is imperative that corporate citizens become more conscious about minimizing their carbon footprint in order to reduce the environmental impact and interlinked repercussions of climate change. The amount of emissions released by an organization must therefore be calculated, followed by the preparation and implementation of a comprehensible action plan to neutralize these emissions. As such, gauging an organization’s carbon footprint serves as a measure of the CO2 that occurs due to its everyday processes within a specified time frame.

Carbon Neutral Dilmah

Following the calculation of the carbon footprint of their factory operations at the Dilmah Headquarters in Peliyagoda, Dilmah pledged to accomplish carbon neutrality by 2017, a milestone which will mark net zero carbon emissions by proactive reductions and offsetting its CO2 emissions.

  • Objectives

    The main objective is to continue to improve the environmental performance of Dilmah Tea by implementing environmentally-sound, innovative schemes geared towards improving energy efficiency and further developing positive contributions to the environment through Dilmah Conservation initiatives.

  • Progress

    Dilmah has successfully fulfilled its pledge to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2017 and is now a carbon neutral facility.

    Many steps were taken towards attaining carbon neutrality:

    • Installation of one of the largest privately-held solar power plants (100 KW and 150 KW) in Sri Lanka at the Dilmah Tea Headquarters in Peliyagoda - use of renewable energy to power factory operations
    • Production and application of biochar (environmentally-friendly soil enhancer) at all Dilmah Estates - facilitated carbon sequestration
    • Reforestation and habitat restoration in the Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka - facilitated carbon sequestration
    • Initiatives centered on promoting alternative renewable energy sources within Dilmah Estates including hydropower stations and wind turbines have been implemented