Sustainable lifestyles help reduce carbon footprint
Sustainable lifestyles can help reduce the carbon footprint,
Environmental Management Consultant Ravi De Silva said speaking on
“Sustainable logistics” at a seminar organised by the Institute of
Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) at the Organization of
Professional Association recently.
He said that the use of eco techniques and eco designs is a good
start at the concept and at the design stages of any operation every one
should change their lifestyles to move away from destructive methods to
more sustainable techniques in a simple way. “Our forefathers influences
should be combined with whatever good practices we can draw from modern
technologies to ensure sustainability,” he said.
ISMM President Danesha Perera presenting a token to Ravi de
Elaborating the importance of the focus on sustainability for
survival he said that people should be sustainable in all aspects
including economic, social, environmental and cultural, as there is a
necessity in all their approaches to all aspects of life.
Referring to waste management he said that it is very simple if each
one whether personally or as corporates do their part properly. Garbage
was created by people and waste can be managed very easily by
separating. If all waste is put into one bin, it becomes garbage and
cannot be managed, unless expensive, high technology is employed. But
when separated, waste can be turned into a resource. The ‘3R Principle’
is used all over the world.
Silva explained ‘7R Principle’ which he introduced to many hotels and
other industries, and they ended up with zero dumping of waste. All
these organizations earn substantial amounts of money by selling their
waste. Instead of garbage which cannot be managed, waste can be managed
by separating and converting into a resource.
Silva said that a simple change such as the ‘Switching Off Policy’
can save so much of electrical energy. A ‘Closing Tap Policy’ can save
large amounts of water. All these are simple measures which can be
implemented in any place at any time by anybody, resulting in the
reduction of adverse impacts on the environment. To lead a healthy life
is extremely essential and this can be achieved by eating a balanced
meal which is also inexpensive. It is important to be sustainable and
also improve productivity by reducing the food miles and localizing your
purchases, in turn helping the neighboring community.
Ravi de Silva who started life as an engineer, said he moved into
environmental management through almost natural compulsion after working
as the Project Manager on the construction of the Kandalama hotel
project living in the Kandalama village and faced all the controversies
and helped Aitken Spence to emerge winners at the end.
ISMM President Danesha Perera said that the institute is committed to
the development of their members and it has many activities planned in
the calendar for members to develop their knowledge and a one day
seminars on ‘Project management’ and ‘Best practices in purchasing’ will
be held shortly to coincide with the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the