We believe that the long term value creation is directly linked to the sustainable development of the company and its community; this is the integral part of the group philosophy.
CARBON NEUTRAL TEAS
Bogawantalawa is Sri Lanka’s first certified Carbon Neutral Tea Company maintaining its standards end to end from growing to shipping. This has been achieved via opting for renewable energy and net carbon balance which is undoubtedly beneficial to stabilize the emission of Carbon Foot Print. Furthermore, Bogawantalawa is striving to attain an even higher goal of achieving Carbon Sink which will probably be the world’s first and only.
R&D INITIATIVES OPTING FOR NATURAL FERTILIZERS
Continuous researches and initiatives are being undertaken to utilize natural resources rather than chemical fertilizers to protect and enhance natural soil quality and microbial activity by the research and development team of Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC. Natural composting and Site-specific fertilizers are already being utilized after successful trials while research and initiatives are being continuously carried out on the application of Bio film, Micro soil, Fish fertilizer and Wormy wash.
OPTIMIZING METHODOLOGIES FOR EFFICIENT WATER MANAGEMENT
Even though we have been gifted with unlimited supply of water, it is our responsibility to utilize this resource wisely, thus Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC has already undertaken initiatives to attain this goal by introducing effective methodologies such as Drip Irrigation systems and Rainwater harvesting systems in few of its estates while conducting continuous water management awareness campaigns among its estate community for efficient water utilization.
PRESERVING AND PRACTICING THE SCIENCE OF AGROFORESTRY
Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC is practicing the science of forestry to meet the desired goals and needs in a sustainable manner by implementing Plantation Forestry, Social Forestry and Conservation Forestry initiatives.
We are currently managing nurseries with 200,000 Seedlings per year with commercial species, natural species, herbs and fruit plants while aiming to plant 160,000 trees a year. So far we have achieved a milestone of planting more than 500,000 trees and we aim to achieve the goal of 1,000,000 trees by the year 2020.
SWITCHING TO NON-CONVENTIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY
Bogawantalawa Tea Estates is now looking into the feasibility of adopting other means of generating power, among which the company has already developed many sites for generating renewable energy such as hydro and solar power and continues to focus on research and development on wind power.