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Star Garments Group obtains CarbonNeutral certification

Managing Director, Star Garment Group, A. Sukumaran receives the certification from   Chairman, Carbon Consulting Company, Prof. Mohan Munasinghe and Head of  Sustainability and Advisory Service, The Sustainable Future Group, Dr. Lakmini Senadheera.
Managing Director, Star Garment Group, A. Sukumaran receives the certification from Chairman, Carbon Consulting Company, Prof. Mohan Munasinghe and Head of Sustainability and Advisory Service, The Sustainable Future Group, Dr. Lakmini Senadheera.

Star Garment Group (Star), a global manufacturing company, has been certified as CarbonNeutral by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG).

This makes Star the largest carbon neutral company in Sri Lanka, and the only one in the apparel sector to have its 14 facilities assessed and certified, a company official said.

President and CEO of Komar, Charlie Komar said, “We believe that as an organisation, we should use our global scope of resources to support responsible climate action. The effort and investment to achieve this certification underscores our commitment to bold innovation and environmental stewardship. I am proud that Star is leading the way to minimizing our impact on climate change.” Star targeted becoming a CarbonNeutral Company by 2022 but was able to achieve this goal this year. The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) was commissioned as Sri Lanka’s most recognized consultant on integrated corporate sustainability solutions to assess Star’s operational impact with GHG Assessments conducted across its 14 facilities, and to develop customised mitigatory measures to reduce their environmental impact. Star supported a renewable energy carbon credit project to offset its quantified emissions and become carbon neutral.

“We applaud Komar’s leadership in driving sustainability in Star and we are honoured to be their partner in achieving their ground-breaking goal. It is exciting to see an entire group of factories realise such a momentous step forward within such a short period of time, and should serve as an example for others to follow,” CEO Carbon Consulting Company Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne said.The CarbonNeutral certification is awarded by Natural Capital Partnersto companies that have reduced their carbon footprint to net zero in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

The CarbonNeutral Protocol is the global standard for carbon neutral certification, providing the pragmatic guidance businesses need to measure Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to then build credible reduction solutions through a combination of in-house efficiency measures, renewable energy and external emissions reductions projects. SFG is the regional partner of Natural Capital Partners.

“Ethical and responsible business practices are inherent in our culture, including the importance of operating a sustainable company. Star’s outstanding achievement is the result of collaboration, managerial focus and the desire to do business in a positive way,” Star Managing Director A. Sukumaran said.

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