An environment policy soon for Sri Lanka's aviation industry
SriLankan Airlines introduced a series of measures to create
awareness and be environment conscious titled 'Green' initiatives this
week On World Environment Day (WED). This includes tree planting, plant
distribution campaigns, children's art competitions relating to
environment conservation, photography competition highlighting
environmental destruction, special awareness campaigns for airline
employees in the global network and sponsorship of external programs to
create awareness for school children to think 'Green'.
The airline's Go Green Steering Committee is spearheading the
campaigns this week.
Collectively, world airlines have pledged to halve emissions by 2050
as CO2 emissions from aviation currently account for 2 percent of global
emissions with a prediction that it will reach 2.5 percent by 2050. IATA
sends a strong message to all airlines to achieve zero emission aircraft
operations, in 50 years.
SriLankan Airlines formulated its Corporate Environment Policy in
January 2009 to address a range of issues on an on-going basis.
The focus has been on aviation fuel management and conservation
through the adoption of best practices.
The performance of every aircraft is evaluated to ensure optimum
operational efficiency. The measures adopted to reduce fuel consumption
during 'pushback', taxiing, descend, landing, the use of ground power
units while stationary and increasing efficiency through heightened
engine maintenance and aircraft servicing are some of the current
SriLankan's initiatives were validated by an IATA team of fuel
efficiency experts which served to be recognised as a significant effort
to reduce carbon emissions.
SriLankan launched South Asia's first 'Planet Friendly Flight' as an
initial step towards influencing employees, customers and the public to
be collectively responsible for the environment and in what ways
everyone could contribute to make a difference.
An environment unit is constantly identifying areas of weight
reduction on aircraft which has a considerable impact on fuel savings.
The airline's long-term intention is to transform all into 'Planet
SriLankan Airlines became one of the first airlines to satisfy a key
environmental requirement of the EU with regard to monitoring aircraft
It carried out comprehensive collection of emissions data from the
entire fleet of aircraft throughout 2010 and the EU approved the
benchmarking of this data, signifying acceptance of SriLankan's Aircraft
Emissions Monitoring System - a state-of -the-art system developed by
the airline's own Aviation Fuel Department in Flight Operations and
in-house software experts.
The system was further endorsed when it won a Merit Award at the
National Best Quality Software for Innovations in Information
Technology. The system monitors emissions throughout a flight and
uploads data into the system, directly from the aircraft.
SriLankan Catering won two prestigious Mercury Awards in the global
travel catering industry, presented by the International Travel Catering
Association (ICTA) for the airline's innovative food waste sterilisation
and environment conservation program.
SriLankan Catering bagged the National Energy Efficiency Gold Award
for its operational level environmental goals and practices.
"SriLankan Airlines also meets stringent international noise
standards and is constantly evaluating noise levels according to
relevant requirements and operating limitations stipulated by aviation
With the on-going re-fleeting with newer aircraft, the airline's
noise footprint will be reduced in the future", a spokesman for the