“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”- Moses Henry Cass
The increasing carbon footprint of the globe is having a profound effect on the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the main emission measured by the carbon footprint, has increased by 36 percent since 1750. The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest decade on record worldwide. This rise in average temperature will have far-reaching effects on the earth’s climate patterns and on all living things; many of these changes have already begun.
Since its inception, the Carbon Consulting Company has seen the Sri Lankan business community on a steady march towards a greener economy. What was once a backburner issue to many Sri Lankan business leaders, environmentally sustainable business practices, have evolved into a core area of concentration for any successful enterprise.
Carbon footprinting is not limited to businesses; individuals and households that are keen to reduce their environmental impact are assessing their carbon footprint and taking the necessary steps to reduce it. Many energy-saving strategies such as conducting an energy audit, using energy efficient appliances, walking or cycling instead of using public transport and switching to CFL bulbs are easy to implement.
In an industry first, the Carbon Consulting Company has now partnered with Bam Green Solar in order to appreciate households that are taking steps to mitigate their carbon footprint. The consumers of the Bam Green Solar PV system are given a certification by CCC that theirs is a ‘Low Carbon Home’. The PV system reduces electricity usage and promotes the use of a clean and renewable energy source. Moreover, excess solar power generation is fed back to the Ceylon Electricity Board/ LECO transforming the home from a consumer to a producer of energy.
Through presenting a certificate titled, ‘Low Carbon Home’ CCC is recognizing the effort of these householders of making a positive contribution to the planet by reducing their carbon footprint. It is hoped that this would encourage more people to take measures to mitigate their own carbon output. This is a great opportunity for concerned individuals to show their commitment to the environment.