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NCPC awards Carbon Neutral certification to Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC

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Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC, a corrugated cartons manufacturer in Sri Lanka delivering end-to-end packaging solutions to both local and international clientele, and a subsidiary of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, was recently awarded the Carbon Neutral certificate, upon successfully neutralizing its total Greenhouse Gas emission, a press release said.It said: Ex-Pack’s sustainable practices were captured comprehensively throughout the process, with organizational-wide assessments related to energy and water consumption, waste management, transportation, among others of the organization.

The verification of GHG assessments were conducted by the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), where co-energi, a building engineering services consultancy company specializing in green building, MEP design consultancy and carbon neutral consultancy, together in partnership with Ex-Pack, calculated the GHG emissions and guided the pathway in achieving Carbon Neutrality. Ex-Pack joined hands with co-energi during October last year, to strengthen its position in addressing the many challenges in climate change and global warming.

This achievement is truly remarkable considering the nature of its sector, which utilizes heavy machinery. ‘This important milestone speaks volumes of our intentions and activities in being responsible towards the environment which has always been a core belief at Ex-Pack. It is more of an obligation than merely compliance to us. We will continue to engage with co-energi, NCPC and many other industry stakeholders in our journey towards sustainability’’ said Chairman Sattar Kassim.

The Carbon Neutral status follows months and years of hardwork and commitment through diverse programs focused on offsetting its impact on the ecology. The support from co-energi is of a great asset, drawing on its 12 plus years of experience in designing highly efficient AC systems, rooftop solar designs, energy audits, MEP designs, retro fittings and being instrumental in achieving over 14 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC is also ranked consecutively among Best Workplaces in Asia and Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka. Earlier this year, the company celebrated 25 years of providing some of the most innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. The company is certified with ISO 9001-2015, ISO 14001-2015, FSC COC, WRAP certifications, including numerous recognitions at the NCE Export Awards, CNCI Awards, Lanka Star Awards, NBE Awards, Lanka CSR Awards and Green Awards.



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President Ranil Wickremasinghe calls upon chief prelates of Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters

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President Ranil Wickremasinghe called upon the chief prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters on Thursday (02) morning to seek their blessings ahead of the 75th Independence day celebrations.

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US secures deal on bases to complete arc around China

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (R) was in the Philippines to finalise the deal (picture BBC)

BBC reported that the United States has secured access to four additional military bases in the Philippines – a key bit of real estate which would offer a front seat to monitor the Chinese in the South China Sea and around Taiwan.

With this deal, Washington has stitched the gap in the arc of US alliances stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north to Australia in the south.

The missing link had been the Philippines, which borders two of the biggest potential flashpoints, Taiwan and the South China Sea, or the West Philippine Sea as Manila insists on calling it.

The US already had limited access to five sites under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) – the new additions and expanded access, according to a statement from Washington, will “allow more rapid support for humanitarian and climate-related disasters in the Philippines, and respond to other shared challenges”, likely a veiled reference to countering China in the region.

The statement came after Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin met Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr in Manila on Thursday.

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Nuland accuses China of failing to help SL with ‘credible and specific assurances’ acceptable to IMF

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Nuland addressing the media in Colombo (pic by Thushara Atapattu)

US hopes LG polls will be held in March

By Saman Indrajith

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, yesterday said China had not provided credible and specific assurances to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Sri Lanka to overcome the current economic crisis.

Addressing the media in Colombo, Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief. We, the United States, are prepared to do our part. Our Paris Club partners are prepared to do their part. India has made strong commitments that it will provide the credible assurances the IMF is looking for.”

Nuland said that India and the Paris Club had given strong assurances to the IMF to help Sri Lanka to obtain a $2.9 billion bailout.

“We want to see an IMF program as quickly as possible. That is what Sri Lanka deserves; that is what Sri Lanka needs,” Nuland said.

Nuland said the US would give Sri Lanka an additional USD 30 million to provide 96,000 schoolchildren with food.

She said Sri Lankans had taken to the streets, last year, demanding cleaner, accountable and inclusive governance, with transparency, and the government was expected to hold the elections to enable people to enjoy their democratic rights.

Nuland said that the US was glad to see that consultation between the government and other parties towards reconciliation had commenced. She said that she had met with members of the Tamil political parties, earlier yesterday. “We hope that the dialogue will continue to achieve real results such as return of the lands to their rightful owners.”

Nuland said that the US hoped that local elections would be held in March, the dialogue commenced for reconciliation would continue, and the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be reformed to meet international standards.

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