COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. (GRI) has received the ISO 50001: 2011 certification as a result of implementing a comprehensive energy management system.
The ISO 50001 energy management certification requires establishing, implementing and maintaining an energy management system that results in continual improvement in energy performance, including measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce consumption.
In order to receive the designation, companies must measure, document and report its design and procurement practices for equipment, systems, processes and personnel that contribute to energy savings.
Mahesha Ranasoma, CEO of GRI, said reducing energy consumption "not only makes an operating system more efficient, but also aids in mitigating climate change and environmental damage. At GRI we are proud to have attained this significant certification." s
According to GRI, the certification means the company is fully compliant with world-class energy management systems.
"Receiving the ISO 50001 certification is a fantastic achievement for our local team, who initiated the project this year and worked tirelessly over the ensuing months to implement the necessary actions and systems," said Shanaka Gunarathne, Senior General Manager of the GRI Factory.
Mr. Ranasoma said the objective of program "is to achieve and maintain optimum energy procurement and utilization throughout the organization, which will help in minimizing energy costs and mitigating environmental effects."
GRI recently installed what it considers one of Sri Lanka's largest rooftop solar panel systems at its tire plant in Badalgama, Sri Lanka. Cost of the investment was approximately $1 million, according to GRI.