Energy

A clean Sri Lanka starts at home

Views - 1297 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:10

By  Asnah Anver In the wake of the recent Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse and the resultant public outcry, a new initiative to promote environmentally friendly garbage disposal practices at home was kick-started last week.   The


A viable concept and a solution for mitigating the garbage issue

Views - 928 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

The pressing issue of garbage dumping and the issues that coexist with it cannot be conveniently put aside and forgotten as all of us are partakers of this issue and have indirectly contributed to the catastrophic consequences. It is profoundly fe


Janathakshan and Czech Republic’s People In Need look at way forward in up-scaling biogas technology

Views - 833 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd. and People In Need (Czech Republic) held their last project workshop ‘Up-scaling Biogas – the Way Forward’ at Waters Edge, Battaramulla through the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative Up-scaling Biogas Technology fo


ADB shares broad-based vision to secure water in Asia

Views - 715 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

By Charumini de Silva in Yokohama, Japan The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday shared a broad-based vision to secure water in the Asia Pacific with a commitment of $4.2 billion for 2017, calling on all countries for long-term ecosystems-


Placing gas at the centre of Sri Lanka’s energy blueprint

Views - 2843 Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:00

By Deepesh Nanda Any international traveller to Sri Lanka is enthralled by its natural beauty and hospitable people. Preserving its pristine environment is, and should remain, a priority for its government and citizens. At the same time, providi


Fairway selected to turn waste into energy

Views - 988 Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:00

  Given the rapidly-escalating problems surrounding the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) especially in the Western Province, the Government has seen fit to adopt a “waste-to-energy” approach in order to e


Govt. pledges uninterruptable electricity supply

Views - 921 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya    Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has promised that the Government will continue an uninterruptable electricity supply even though t


‘Kelani Hybrid Bulb’ with 2,000 hours lifetime enters local market

Views - 1052 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Kelani Cables PLC has launched its newest product, ‘Kelani Hybrid Bulb’ that has the endurance to be alight for 2,000 hours non-stop. The significance of this product is the ability to function even if something happens to the outer co


Successful completion of Association of Provincial Biogas Programmes inaugural meeting

Views - 845 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd. and People In Need, (Czech Republic) in collaboration with the Department of Local Government North Western Province successfully completed the first of the two-day meeting dedicated towards the creation of the Association


In race to clean energy, emerging nations seize bigger role: World Bank

Views - 720 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

LONDON(Thomson Reuters Foundation): A range of developing countries have emerged as leaders in a global race to switch to sustainable energy by 2030, by boosting their policies to help improve people’s access to reliable, affordable and clea


Pan Asia Bank’s Solar Loan Scheme, an ideal way to get ‘0’ cost electricity

Views - 835 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Pan Asia Bank’s Solar Loan Scheme provides financing to customers to purchase solar energy systems, enabling them to generate their own electricity and be free from electricity bills and contribute to reduce global warming. Solar energy sy


Global oil, gas discoveries drop to 70-year low: Rystad Energy

Views - 827 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

  Oil and gas discoveries drop to 6 b barrels in 2016 Companies’ reserves replacement ratio drops to 10% London (Reuters): Oil and gas discoveries around the wor


Energy Management System (ISO 50001) could influence upto 60% of the world energy use

Views - 1467 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

At a time the country is going through a potential energy crisis the available measures to conserve energy conservation needclose examination. The energy management system ISO 50001:2011 (EnMS) outlines the requirements of an EnMS and it is estima


Sir Robert Watson on tackling global warming and role of biz

Views - 1989 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:05

By Madushka Balasuriya When Sir Robert Watson, knighted for his groundbreaking work in helping synthesise scientific knowledge concerning a hole in the stratospheric ozone layer above Antarctica, decided to leave the cold British winter


USDA analysis says corn-based ethanol’s environmental benefits better than forecast

Views - 676 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): The US Government on Thursday said that ethanol made from corn is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country’s biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some i


Saudi to launch $ 30-50 b renewable energy program soon

Views - 726 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. Falih, speaking at an energ


Brandix accelerates its ‘Model Village’ program

Views - 699 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  Initiative helps communities in the neighbourhoods of its factories, covering 12 towns in 12 months The quality of life in a dozen towns and villages across Sri Lanka is looking up after the Brandix Gro


Renewable energy investment fell 18% in 2016: Study

Views - 688 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

AFP: Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18% in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study has found. After reaching record levels in 2015, investment fell last year to $287.5 billion, acc


China halts over 100 coal-fired power projects

Views - 648 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, some of which are under construction, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, Caixin reported on Tuesday. In


World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming

Views - 644 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Temperatures 1.3C above pre-industrial times – Copernicus Nearing 1.5C ceiling set by almost 200 governments OSLO (Reuters): Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by


JLanka wins big at Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Views - 666 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Company to continue momentum in 2017 JLanka Technologies CEO and Technical Director Dr. Mayura Jayasoma was recognised for his entrepreneurial vision by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), at the Sri


Empowering 100 climate action champions: Sri Lanka Youth Climate Summit 2017

Views - 1575 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

By Ashraff A. Samad Based on the evidence gathered by scientists from around the world, global temperature is on the rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is now 95% certain that humans are the main cause of current global w


Abans provide free and inexhaustible supply of energy from the sun

Views - 881 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Abans Chairperson Aban Pestonjee and ITN CEO Chandana Thilakarathna exchanging agreements for installation of a 100 kw solar system   Through the ages Sri Lanka was heavily dependent on hydro power. However with the degradatio


Kalhari to bring state-of-the-art technology to recycle rubber and fabric waste

Views - 836 Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:04

Kalhari Enterprises, a pioneer in waste recycling in Sri Lanka is poised to take a major step in resolving the rubber and fabric-waste recycling problems of Sri Lankan corporates. Qualified in plastics and rubber recycling, Kalhari Group Chairman


Professor Mohan Munasinghe honoured for outstanding lifetime contributions to energy policy

Views - 641 Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:03

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate Prof. Mohan Munasinghe was presented the prestigious apex award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Energy Policy by President Maithripala Sirisena, at the climax of the Sri Lanka National Energy Effici


Global LNG prices hit 2016 high as OPEC agrees oil output cut

Views - 566 Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:02

Reuters: Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) this week rose to their highest for 2016 so far, lifted by OPEC’s announcement it would cut crude oil production in cooperation with Russia and by a tightening regional gas market.


Lotus powers towards a Green Lanka, generating for success

Views - 851 Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:01

Lotus Renewable Energy Private Ltd. (LREP) is in talks with energy funds, financial institutions and family offices and likeminded overseas investors in Sri Lanka to get them to power Sri Lanka into a more prosperous, cleaner, greener future. As


Cinnamon Grand wins at Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards

Views - 1032 Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:00

Cinnamon Grand Chief Engineer Panduka Wijeyawardena receiving the award on behalf of Cinnamon Grand       Sustainable premier five-star city hotel Cinnamon Grand was accoladed at the prestigious


Sri Lanka’s Eswaran Brothers Exports ranked alongside IKEA and Toshiba

Views - 691 Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:00

Winning the GOLD Award for Environmental Best Practices at London’s Green Apple Environment Award ceremony, Sri Lanka’s most sustainable tea company Eswaran Brothers Exports was ranked alongside the likes of global giants IKEA and Tosh


President presents Vidulka National Energy Efficiency Award 2016

Views - 604 Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:00

    The Vidulka National Energy Efficiency Award 2016, organised by the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Sunithya Energy Authority, was held last week at the BMICH, under the patr


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