Environmental

Clean skies and seas initiative employees a small workforce just to keep our island dust-free

Working to keep the surrounding areas clean of dust

Clean Burning Biological Waste

Paddy Husk, the biological waste from which we generate power is supplied through our partnerships with small farms

Engineer at the Trincomalee Biomass Plant taking readings

Watering our Mangrove Nursery

Nine different species of Mangrove saplings are being cultivated at our nursery

Planting Mangroves with our jetty in the background

The support of the SL Navy in this rehabilitation project is essential when reaching out to communities to underscore the importance of reforestation

Engineers volunteering to plant Mangroves during their break are assisted by a naval officer stationed on site

The first issue of the Horton Plains book being handed to Dr. Gunasekera by our Chairman, Edgar Gunatunga

Students being exposed to the wonders of Horton Plains



 

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

1. Zero Emission Biomass Power Generation

Tokyo Cement’s Biomass Power Plants are the pride of our sustainability efforts and have established our unparalleled commitment to the environment.  By generating our own clean-energy, we are taking greater accountability for exterior resources that contribute to the overall carbon footprint of our product.

We designed and operate a first-of-its-kind 10Megawatt combined heat and power plant that runs on agricultural waste, while generating zero carbon emissions. It is so efficient that we are able to generate enough power for our manufacturing plants’ requirements and sell the excess to the national grid, all while surpassing UNFCCC’s strict protocols to accomplish 40,000tons of Certified Emission Reductions. Thereby allowing us to trade carbon credits.
 
Not only did we pioneer biomass power in Sri Lanka, we’re expanding on it with a new 5Megawatt plant in Mahiyangana, scheduled to be contributing clean energy to the national grid at the end of this year.
 
2. Mangrove Reforestation
 
For tactical reasons during the war, the Sri Lankan Navy cleared large forests of mangroves leaving empty wastelands in its wake. Our shores were no longer protected by this tidal buffer (that considerably softened the impact of the 2004 tsunami), as wells as acting as a habitat for numerous forms of wildlife from bottom feeders to crustaceans to baby fish. Together, with the assistance of the SL Navy’s manpower we hope to bring back endemic ecosystems that are essential for the survival of our coasts and our fishing economies.
 
Currently, our nursery is brimming with numerous diverse species of thousands of Mangrove saplings. We intend to plant as many as 20,000plants to replenish 15acres of coastline in the initial phase of this initiative.
 
3. National Tree Planting Day
 
Once a year Tokyo Cement makes a hullaballoo of something we do all year round, conservation efforts. On National Tree Planting day everyone gets to join in on the fun; from employees to their families, from figures of fame and power to school children. EVERYONE is encouraged to come plant a few trees that we prepare in our nurseries specifically for this rather inspiring day of the year.
 
4. Replenishing and the Conservation of Corals
 
After decades of limestone harvesting and unchecked fishing conducts such as careless anchoring, use of illegal netting or dynamite fishing, the corals that skirt our shores have been severely depleted. The importance of corals is widely acknowledged; they are not only habitats and sources of nourishment for flourishing fish species but are essential tidal blockers that deter erosion and defend us from tsunamis. 
 
So in collaboration with the Wildlife Research & Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka (WRCT ) we are spearheading a re-coral-isation project. Our remedy is hollow concrete blocks. A simple strategy that only requires patience and precision to pull-off. We will build these aerated blocks, using ph-neutralised concrete and start growing indigenous coral species on said blocks in imitated water/climate conditions. We will then introduce these blocks into the water and the progress of growth shall be monitored by WRCT.
 
5. Clean Seas and Skies 
 
As you can imagine an unavoidable output of manufacturing cement is dust. We are not going to deny its existence, because we strive to be transparent. However just because dust is a component of our manufacturing process, doesn’t mean it can dictate the conditions of our surrounding environments. So we’ve concentrated our efforts throughout manufacturing to consistently contain as much of it as possible. From dust guards at our unloading hoppers, to tube conveyors that confine the particles between manufacturing processes, to our legion of bag filters that capture atmospheric dust within plants and seal them (much like a vacuum) to be recycled upon filling. Even if dust does manage to escape (which it will, because it is tiny) we have monitoring machinery positioned in strategic locations to keep track of particle properties and keep us in line. Furthermore we regularly clean the surrounding ocean beds, despite being non-toxic we take every precaution not to negatively contribute to the environment.
 
6. Horton Plains 
 
Tokyo Cement sponsored the publishing and distribution of Dr Rohan Petiyagoda’s book on the Sri Lanka’s natural World Heritage site, the Horton Plains. The book is a brilliant effort to catalogue all the rare and indigenous species of wildlife and plants unique to the region, as well as providing a detailed history of the plains and an argument for its greater significance and preservation. This book has been distributed amongst schools and libraries at our expense.
 
7. Baby Elephant Foster Program
 
We’ve adopted the responsibilities of nurturing to health and reintroducing to the wild two baby elephants, on named Mitsui, the other named Atlas. With the assistance of the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) we’ve ensured that these baby elephants grew up healthily and were properly equipped for their reintroduction to the wild.
 

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