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

Views - 1524 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 - 799 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 - 818 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 - 626 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 - 552 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 - 808 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 - 659 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 - 662 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 - 537 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

Maxtherm Lanka wins Gold Flame at National Energy Efficiency Awards 2016

Views - 733 Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:00

Maxtherm Lanka Director – Technical Eng. Gaya Siriwardhana (second from left) and Director – Operations Ajantha Kumara (left) receiving the award from President Maithripala Sirisena while Minister of Power and Renewable Energ

JLanka engages Lankans in pioneering energy movement

Views - 847 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:08

When it comes to introducing novel, innovative and sustainable energy saving solutions to the progressive Sri Lankan energy consumers, JLanka has been in the forefront of the country’s renewable energy revolution since the company’s in

Kelani Cables clinches Gold at Presidential Environmental Awards 2016

Views - 436 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:05

Kelani Cables PLC was conferred with a Gold award for Best Green Report in Tier 2 category at the Presidential Environmental Awards 2016. The company also clinched Bronze award in the Metal and Mineral Processing Industry category.  The awa

Talawakelle Tea Estates honoured at Presidential Environmental Awards

Views - 392 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:04

Hayleys PLC owned Talawakelle Tea Estates emerged winners claiming two National Green Awards at the Presidential Environmental Awards ceremony held recently at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  In an announce

Smart Switch appoints OHME as Brand Ambassador

Views - 436 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:03

Global Resources International Ltd. (GRIP), the manufacturers of ‘Smart Switch,’ a remote-controlled bulb and a remote-controlled bulb holder, signed up the fresh new music band OHME as its Brand Ambassador. GRIP was established in 2

Sri Lanka eyes Qatar LNG for power plants

Views - 770 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:02

Sri Lanka is keen on importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar as part of plans to shift to clean energy, a top Government official said. “In our energy sector, LNG-generated power plants are going to be the next futuristic power ge

SLYCAN Trust says Sri Lanka prepared to welcome Paris Climate Agreement

Views - 442 Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:01

The Paris Agreement on climate change came into force on 4 November. Following the decision for the adoption of the Agreement taken at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chan

CAT unveils high-tech solar solutions in Sri Lanka

Views - 1655 Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

By Devin Jayasundera In light of the Government aggressively promoting solar energy in the country, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), in partnership with local distributor UTE, unveiled its new state-of-the-art solar panels to the Sri Lankan market. 

LNG prices rise to highest in nine months on firm Asian demand

Views - 556 Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) gas prices reached a nine-month high this week as demand from India, Japan and South Korea underpinned sentiment. LNG for November delivery were about $6.20 per million British thermal units

Aussie wave energy developer Carnegie expands renewables in SL with Lanka Energy Conservation

Views - 716 Tuesday, 4 October 2016 00:01

Leading wave energy developer, Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd., is expanding its commercial wave and microgrid projects into Sri Lanka through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Colombo today, with the Lanka Energy Conservation Ltd.

Solar energy pioneers Admo Solar takes a major step forward

Views - 609 Friday, 30 September 2016 00:01

With the growth of solar power generation in the country and in keeping with the Government’s vision of generating 200 MW of electricity and powering one million houses through the latest Solar Net Accounting System, Admo Solar recorded a mi

M&S Enterprises powers Musaeus College with a 261kW solar PV system

Views - 1134 Friday, 30 September 2016 00:01

M&S Enterprises with its peerless technology and customer service reliability has established itself as the leading commercial solar solution provider in Sri Lanka now having installed over 500kW of commercial solar installations and

Jinasena launches solar solutions for domestic and industrial markets

Views - 976 Friday, 30 September 2016 00:01

Jinasena Ltd., one of the leading water management systems and solutions providers in Sri Lanka, has expanded business operations in Sri Lanka by venturing into domestic and industrial solar solutions under its ‘Renewable Energy Se

How to improve energy efficiency of buildings and industrial facilities

Views - 502 Friday, 30 September 2016 00:01

A public lecture titled ‘A Systematic Approach for Improving Energy Efficiency of Buildings and Industrial Facilities’ organised by The Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) was held recently at the IESL auditorium in Colombo. 

Oil takes breather from losses but oversupply concerns remain

Views - 682 Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: Oil edged higher on Tuesday after falling by up to 10% in just one week, but investors remained concerned about oversupply weighing on prices. Global benchmark Brent crude was trading up 49 cents at $42.63 a barrel at 1031 GMT.

Govt. to revamp, double refinery capacity - Chandima

Views - 740 Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

 Reuters: Sri Lanka plans to upgrade its sole oil refinery and double its capacity to boost output and to reduce the cost of importing refined fuels, the country’s Petroleum Resources Minister Chandima Weerakkody said on Monday. The

Oil traders lose millions as LPG glut shocks market

Views - 732 Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:06

Reuters: Traders in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market face a “career-ruining” glut that has led to millions of dollars in losses as Chinese buyers, far from coming to the rescue, are in a stand-off with oil companies to cancel d

The oil industry is losing the burn of Asian demand

Views - 713 Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:03

Asia’s stalling economic growth feeding into lower oil demand Asian tanker crude imports have fallen for 4 straight months Demand stalling in many mature and leading emerging markets Analysts think China’

Coal prices bounce back this year, but not for good

Views - 768 Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:02

Thermal coal prices on the up after years of decline Rally seen lasting into next year Overall global demand still falling LONDON (Reuters): A rally in thermal coal prices over the past few months, after years of d

New Philippine energy minister says cannot afford to ditch coal

Views - 867 Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:01

MANILA  (Reuters): The Philippines will retain coal as a core part of its electricity generation mix due to its dependability, though it will seek to boost the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy, the country’s energy minister sai

Global Resources introduces Sri Lanka’s first-ever remote controlled LED Bulb

Views - 1213 Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:03

A creative innovation made in Sri Lanka Global Resources International Ltd. clinches a Sri Lankan first with the introduction of Sri Lanka’s first ever Smart Switch LED Bulb, a modern electronic accessory that offers consumers t

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Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th

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