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Lanka adopts new system to measure industrial GHG emissions

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Sri Lanka is planning on cutting industrial sector greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 7% by 2030.

Towards achieving this initiative Sri Lanka has adopted a new monitoring system to map greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industries.

“This is a major step towards meeting the GHG emissions by 7% by 2030,” said Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation Dr. Johann H Hesse. The establishment of the new measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)system was facilitated by the EU-funded Accelerating Industries’ ClimateResponse in Sri Lanka project, which aims to support the industrial sectorto decarbonize, and help Sri Lanka meet its commitment to combat globalwarming. The system also tracks the mitigation policies and measures inplace for industrial processes and product use.

Sri Lanka’s industrial sector, accounting for 27 % of GDP in 2023, is a mainstay of the economy.

Considering that Sri Lankan industry is one of the largest consumers of energy, constituting about 15% of oil products and 33% of electricity, these advancements could result in significant cost-savings against globalfluctuations in energy prices.

Led by the Ministry of Environment’s Climate Change Secretariat (CCS), the new MRV system is the result of a one-year collaborative effort involving public and private stakeholders, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) fielding international experts to provide technical support to this important process.

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) are working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Environment to gather, refine,analyze, and report industrial emissions data.

Once fully operational, the new MRV system will allow the government to formulate data-driven policies and well-informed strategies to reduce and remove GHG emissions, while aiding national planning and coordination.Moreover, it means Sri Lanka is better able to meet domestic and international disclosure requirements, including reporting against Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with the Paris Agreement.

With the system now designed and tested, over the next two years, the Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) and UNIDO are working in partnership with other stakeholders to support the roll out of the industrial MRV system.Deputy Director of SLSEA, Gayathri Jayapala, noted how most industriesacross the island already have some measures in place for energy-saving,resource-efficiency and waste reduction. “The onus now lies with business leaders and professionals to continue improving environmental practices in their operations and support reporting through the new MRV system.”

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