Customer Roundtable event on “Greening the Supply Chain” in Colombo, Sri Lanka


On 24 July 2018, METABUILD hosted a Customer Roundtable event held on “Greening the Supply Chain” in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The event was jointly facilitated by National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) of Sri Lanka and adelphi, Germany. The roundtable event took place at Solis Hotel, Colombo. The event was organised to bring different customer groups from construction sector. More than 80 participants (customers) from Sri Lankan metalworking and building sectors, including businessmen, associations and governmental bodies were present at the event.

Mr. G. Gunasekera, Board of Director of NCPC welcomed all the participants. Mr. Samantha Kumarasena, CEO, NCPC gave an introduction of METABUILD project and project activities in Sri Lanka. Mr. Ruwan Wijemanne from NCPC explained the work of METABUILD team with  case studies of industries where the RECP measures are implemented under the project. Mr. Amarnath Munnolimath, Project Manager, adelphi presented the "Greening the Supply Chain" toolkit to participants and explained the step-by-step approach to of the toolkit to green the supply chain.

Technical consultants, who had already gone through the ToT of the toolkit have accompanied the participants to explain the toolkit approach in detail with an example of one case study. All participants were excited to work on the case studies and understand their own supply chain and where & how they can implement the RECP measures move towards greening their supply chain. Participants worked together to unravel the significance and benefits of greening supply chains; the identification of supply side problems and the development of effective solutions to these; the implementation of best practices within Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) measures; and METABUILD’s role in the afore-mentioned processes.

Participants further became acquainted with the supply chain tool and its implementation to minimize risks within their own enterprise supply chains. Participants were very enthusiastic and volunteered to present their case study which they worked during group exercise session. After the group exercise participants discussed challenges and solutions for RECP implementation in Sri Lanka and session has been wrapped up with the question answer session.

The event also helped peer-peer learning between different customer groups in regards to RECP in Sri Lanka. During the feedback session participants from governmental organisation emphasized on green building initiatives taken under Sri Lankan government & also been discussed with other participant from green building rating organisation.  All participants found the event very insightful and some have recommended to conduct the same event for  other stakeholder groups in construction sector.