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Manager Carbon Consulting Company Chalaka Fernando presenting the certificate to Managing Director of Eswaran Brothers Exports S. Deivoo. Also present are Director N. Ravi, Plant Manager N. Wijesinghe, Deputy Managing Director K. Fernando and Vice Chairman of Eswaran Brothers Subramaniam Eassuwaren

Becomes first tea company in the world to be certified CarbonNeutral

Eswaran Brothers Exports, one of Sri Lanka’s leading tea exporters, announced that it has achieved CarbonNeutral company certification, a major milestone in its 67-year history of the family-owned venture. “Not only is Eswaran Brothers Exports the first company in Sri Lanka to achieve this prestigious and much sought after certification, but we are the first in the world to do so, proving that Sri Lanka is out there, making its mark and doing its bit for the environment,” said Vice Chairman of Eswaran Brothers and a third generation tea taster, Subramaniam Eassuwaren.

“As part of a family that has been devoted to tea, this is an important landmark for us. It’s among the initial steps we have taken in our drive to become a truly ethical and sustainable business while still maintaining profitability. It is also an extension of our heritage and values that have guided all our activities at Eswaran Brothers since my grandfather first started his own business in 1943. If the environmental problems that we face had been apparent during my grandfather’s time, I am sure he would have called himself an environmentalist, as all of us were always taught to look at our impact on our community.”

The company is also ISO 14001 certified for its environmental management. Eassuwaren went on to say that as a company, one of their prime objectives was to see how they could reduce the environmental impact of their operations at every point.

“We have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but we have definitely taken the important first steps to reducing our carbon emissions to net zero.”

Outlining the process involved in order to obtain this certification, Eassuwaren said that the first steps necessitated calculating the carbon emissions produced in the existing processes within their operations. “We obtained the services of the Sri Lankan-based Carbon Consulting Company as well as UK-based Ecometrica, which were able to measure the emissions produced.”

These included calculating the carbon emissions produced in the Eswaran Brothers’ premises as well as from business travel, company-owned vehicles and third party deliveries. The carbon footprint was then reduced through internal initiatives and by purchasing carbon offsets from a biomass renewable energy project from a tea plantation in Sri Lanka.

Eswaran Brothers have been certified as a CarbonNeutral company in accordance with the CarbonNeutral Protocol, which is  a global standard for measuring and monitoring Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The Protocol is aligned with the WBSCD/WRIs GHG Protocol for company reporting and the principles of the PAS2050 for products and services.

According to Chalaka Fernando, Head of Consulting at the Carbon Consulting Company, “Carbon neutrality is a significant achievement for Eswaran Brothers, which is the first Sri Lankan tea exporters and the first tea company globally to achieve CarbonNeutral certification. We are confident that it will see the Triple-Bottom Line benefit of people, planet and profit from this.”

Rani Virdee, Managing Director Asia Pacific, the CarbonNeutral Company said: “Eswaran Brothers is a leading example to other businesses, which is implementing an offset inclusive carbon management strategy that will not only help tackle climate change, but will reduce bottom line costs and enhance its reputation within the marketplace.”