Data-backed emissions goals
Hirdaramani, an apparel manufacturer based in Kahathuduwa, Sri Lanka, is keenly focused on managing its sustainability impact. Across its 20 facilities, the company continuously sets new goals to improve. In 2018, Hirdaramani’s Mihila Factory was the first facility in Asia to achieve an impressive Carbon Neutral status, a testament to their follow-through and rigor.
Demith Gooneratne, Environmental Sustainability Manager for Hirdaramani, and his team are committed to managing sustainability impact. They use Worldly to baseline and continuously measure environmental management across eight key impact areas – including energy, water, and waste management.
By 2020, the team set out to reduce energy in megajoules per standard production minute by 20% compared to their 2012 baseline – as a longstanding user of Worldly, the company could reference years of historical environmental data as a guide for setting a realistic yet ambitious goal.
Such an effort required comprehensive energy use reduction and lowered greenhouse gas emissions, and the team used Worldly to identify some of their biggest opportunities for energy savings.
Using Worldly helped us identify areas that we might normally have overlooked for improvement in energy and other environmental impact areas.
Holistic reduction targets
The energy and greenhouse gas emissions section of the Higg FEM assessment helps facilities track, measure, and quantify energy consumption. The assessment can also prime facility managers to adopt energy efficiency practices that can lead to significant emissions savings. Hirdaramani reviewed its facilities historical Worldly data as well as other former energy-saving initiatives, to extrapolate possible reductions to help them meet their 2020 goal.
The company used Worldly to set a normalized energy reduction target, allowing Hirdaramani to measure their reduction progress even if production levels fluctuated annually. Then, Hirdaramani set emissions targets for each Sri Lankan facility based on its calculated potential, which aggregated into a holistic target for the whole company.
The Higg Index scores and improvement areas allowed our management to identify facilities that needed more investment or attention...using Worldly helped us identify energy and environmental impact areas that we might normally have overlooked.
Implementing energy savings programs
Hirdaramani used Worldly to help calculate its major sources of emissions, one of them being purchased electricity. It’s no surprise that the local electricity supply was derived from fossil fuels, so the company set out to develop a modern energy plan that included more renewable energy.
The company installed a new solar photovoltaic system which not only afforded cost savings, but also shaded its facilities roofs, cooling their buildings and reducing the need for air conditioning.
While this kind of project can be expensive, Gooneratne points out that this type of investment is of high value to the company and its future. “Actions in this area [of energy and greenhouse gas emissions] are the ones that have the highest return on investment,” he says. And with Worldly’s help, thanks to efficient baselining and tracked progress through annual assessments, by 2020, the company will achieve their 20% energy reduction goal.
Worldly strengthens value chain partnerships
Hirdaramani’s sustainability projects reduce operational costs and fossil fuel dependency, which makes the business case for themselves. On top of that, each year, Hirdaramani receives recognition from its value chain partners for its proven commitment to sustainability. Gooneratne says that their Worldly data strengthens relationships with partners, and encourages the company to continue development and investment in sustainability.
Across the company – sustainability, maintenance, and engineering, and more – teams are constantly collaborating with their facility managers to implement projects that can meet climate goals while providing business value for the global manufacturer.