Business and Economics
Hirdaramani takes bold new steps in transparency and accountability for renewable energy use with I-REC Standard

The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for its energy usage. With this robust tracking standard, the group hopes to add new layers of accountability and credibility to its operations, living up to the commitments outlined in the company’s own sustainability vision.

As Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs), I-RECs serve to increase transparency in the energy sector and provide clarity about the use of renewable electricity among end-consumers. The I-REC Standard (www.irecstandard.org) ensures that issued certificates comply with major international sustainability and carbon accountability standards and adhere to stakeholder expectations of industry best practice for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. The system also helps individual companies seeking to improve their environmental credentials, while raising awareness among consumers and industry players.

CIC Poultry Farms widens chicken distribution

CIC Poultry Farms widens the CIC Besto chicken distribution island wide. CIC Chicken, the product reputed as one of the highest quality chicken available in Sri Lanka, offers their brand – ‘Besto’ which is available in most of the leading Supermarkets and groceries, at affordable prices.

The advanced technology and international food safety standards have earned customers’ trust for CIC Besto chicken as the safest chicken available in the country. Now ‘Besto’ stands as a unique brand for chicken and poultry products coming in 3 convenient packs as Family pack, Pre-cut skinless, and Pre-cut whole chicken. Besto Pre Cut normal and skinless versions come as whole chicken cut in to 12 pieces. “Today chicken is the cheapest available protein for Sri Lankans and CIC chicken is the least human handled product in the country. Our processing plant is a state- of- the-art automated plant equipped with modern technology.

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Dialog Axiata partners Gamata Sanniwedanaya

Staying true to its vision of Empowering and Enriching Sri Lankan Lives and Enterprises by connecting everyone and driving digital inclusion across the nation, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog) partnered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to launch the first phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative in Ratnapura.

By facilitating the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative, the Company aims to enable all Sri Lankans to move forward as one digital society and support the distant-learning and working requirements in this new normal. This initiative was deployed by TRCSL with the pilot programme of implementing 37 new sites in the Ratnapura District, where 18 of these sites will be deployed by Dialog by July 2021. The next phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative will focus on expanding 4G coverage to deep rural communities in Kurunegala, Matara and more districts to achieve near 100% population coverage by the end of 2022.

Oshada Senanayake, Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka said, “Today marks a special day where we launch this ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative with Dialog in the Napawala village in the Rathnapura district. Our efforts through this initiative is to establish the necessary connectivity infrastructure which is imperative for Sri Lanka to successfully navigate its journey towards digitisation. Along with the Rathnapura project, we are also aiming to expand coverage in 10 districts this year, including Kurunegala, Matara and Anuradhapura with a vision of expanding coverage to 100% of the country.”

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