5 SMEs were awarded with the ISO 14001: 2015 Environment Management System (EMS) certifications under the demonstration project of Ministry of Industry and Commerce implemented by National Cleaner Production Centre Sri Lanka. The specialty of this project was implementing 2015 version of the EMS which adopts risk based approach considering life cycle approach.
The occasion which was held on 10th March 2017 was graced by Mr. M. A. Thajudeen; Additional Secretary- SME & Sectoral Development, Mr.Rohan Jayatilake; Director of Sector Development Division 1, Mr. Samantha Kumarasena; CEO of NCPCSL and company representatives.
The project was aiming to uplift Small and medium enterprises in Sri Lanka through improving their environmental and economic performances. Implementation of ISO 14001 EMS Standard helps the organizations improve the environment performance with significant financial savings through resource conservation. Certification against this standard is an effective mean of reporting the positive environmental performance of the organization to the interested parties including international buyers.
However the number of companies certified for ISO 14001 EMS standard is very low in Sri Lanka. This is because of factors such as the inadequacy of technical assistance received by the organizations to develop EMS, high cost incur with advisory services for developing the system and lack of promotion.
Having understood the catalytic role the government can play to stimulate the industry particularly the SMEs for this; ministry started the above project in 2016. It was suggested to conduct Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency (CPEE) demonstration project under Ministry of Industries targeting SMEs over the country to provide CP & EE measures and implement ISO 14001: 2015 EMS.