Environmental Policy Statement

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Ceylon Electricity Board will manage all its business activities in a manner, which cares for the natural and manmade environment and contribute to sustainable development. By means of openness in dealing with environmental issues, we intend to create confidence in our activities on the part of the public, customers, authorities, employees, and owners. We will actively pursue a policy of incorporating and integrating environmental considerations into our activities.

Our Policy is Elaborated Below in More Concrete Terms

  • We will lead the development of environmentally compatible and efficient energy solutions.
  • We will, by means of quantifiable environmental targets, endeavour to cause minimum impact on the environment.
  • We will, in all our operations, economise on natural resources and energy
  • We will attach key importance to human health and safety.
  • We will analyse in advance the environmental impact of all new activities.
  • We will improve the environmental awareness of our staff by training and motivating them to take responsibility for the environmental consequences of their activities.
  • We will place the same high environmental demands on our suppliers, contractors and business partners as we place on our own operations.
  • We will be able to discuss environmental issues with our customers form an overall perspective and promote electricity’s environmental benefits.
  • We will openly report on our environmental work and our impact on the environment, and conduct a close dialogue with various interested parties on environmental issues important to our activities.

Our Responsibility on Environment Protection

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With the increase of environmental concerns worldwide, the need to protect the environment was globally recognized. In order to integrate Environmental Considerations into it’s activities, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has set up it’s Environment Unit in 1995, which has since become the focal point for all the environment related activities of CEB. Environmental Steering Committee of CEB was established in September 2000, which comprises of senior managers. The Environmental Policy of CEB has been formulated in 2002, which was CEB’s commitment to reduce it’s environmental footprint.

The key function of the Environment Unit is to monitor and assist in the implementation of the Environmental Policy of CEB. It’s responsibilities include
  • EIA and its Procedural Actions for all the development projects of CEB
  • Environmental Planning
  • Provide advice and assistance on Environmental Considerations to the relevant branches of CEB
  • Co-ordinate and conduct Training and Awareness on Environmental Aspects
  • Promote Public Relations

For More Information

Deputy General Manager
(Transmission Design & Environment)
Telephone 0112 321 597
Fax 0112 320 012
E-mail dgmtde@ceb.lk
Environment Unit
Telephone 0112 320 012
Fax 0112 320 012
E-mail envofficer@ceb.lk

ISO 14001:2004 Certification

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Samanalawewa Power Station of CEB has emerged as the first Government Entity in Sri Lanka to be awarded with the ISO 14001:2004 certification by Sri Lanka Standards Institution for it’s Environmental Management System in 2007.

Article in Environmental Newsletter of CEB – Aug 2007

Environmental Impact Assessments

Conducting the Environmental Impact Assessments for all the Development Projects of CEB is an integral part of CEB’s Environment Policy.

Environment Unit of CEB has conducted detailed Environmental Impact Assessments, and obtained environmental approvals for 47 Nos of Development Projects of CEB, under the National Environmental Act (NEA).

List of Projects for which Environmental Approvals were granted

Environmental Unit of CEB has also conducted Environmental & Social Consideration (ESC) Process under the guidelines of relevant funding agencies for a number of Development Projects of CEB, and prepared the Environmental Safeguard Documents as appropriate, which have been accepted by the said funding agencies.

Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Program – Tranche 2

ADB is financing for Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Program with a focus to identify the transmission and distribution projects for evacuation of renewable energy (wind and solar) parks/ projects and overall improvement of network efficiency.

The transmission component of the Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Program includes several subprojects.

  • Mannar – Nadukuda Transmission Development
  • New Polpitiya-Hambantota 220 kV Transmission Development
  •  Construction of Colombo B 132/11 kV Grid Substation (GSS)
  • Augmentation of Biyagama, Kotugoda and Kolonnawa Old Grid Substations
  • Padukka – Horana 132 kV Transmission Development
  • Construction of Biyagama 220/33 kV Grid Substation
  • Augmentation of Dehiwala Grid Substation
  • Second Circuit Stringing of Habarana – Valachchenai132 kV Transmission Line
  • Augmentation of Madampe 132/33 kV Grid substation

Mannar – Nadukuda Transmission Development sub project includes construction of 29.1 km long Mannar – Nadukuda 220kV transmission line and construction of Nadukuda Grid Substation. As the transmission line passing through Vankalai Sanctuary (declared as a Ramsar Wetland of international importance), this sub project is classified as Category ‘A’. Environmental and social impact studies were conducted according to Sri Lankan law and the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement.

Report submitted to ADB consists of two volumes as follows.

Volume 1: Environmental Impact Assessment including Environmental Management Plan.

This volume represents the final assessment of the environmental impacts of the 220 kV Mannar GSS – Nadukuda GSS 29.1 km long transmission line passing through the designated Ramsar Wetland Convention, prepared in compliance with ADB SPSP 2009 policy as it relates to Ramsar Wetland Convention.

First Draft – July 2016

Updated Version – September 2016

Volume 2: Avian Collision Risk Assessment Report, Data on Environmental Studies (2014).

This document lists all public consultations held during 2014-2016 for 220 kV Mannar- Nadukuda Transmission Line Project. It also incorporates the Avian Collision Risk Assessment Report of 2016, and data on baseline environmental parameters collected through primary survey, and photographs of sample points in the Vankalai Sanctuary.

First Draft – July 2016

Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) report under National Environmental Act was submitted to Central Environmental Authority and approved in 2016.

Other sub projects are classified as Category ‘B’ and IEER and RP prepared under ADB SPS 2009 and submitted to ADB. Preparation of IEERs in accordance with National Environment Act for prescribed projects among other sub projects is currently under way.

National Transmission and Distribution Network Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Project – (NTDND & EEIP)

This project is implemented with the financial support of JICA to enhance the overall efficiency of transmission and distribution network. Transmission component of the project includes replacement of old transmission lines and strengthening the network with addition of new 400kV, 220kV and 132kV transmission lines.

Environmental assessment was conducted for sub projects under the National Environmental Act and reports were submitted to the Central Environmental Authority for the approval.

Proposed 132 kV Transmission Line from Polpitiya to New Habarana (View IEER)

Proposed 220 kV Transmission Line Project from New Polpitiya to Kotmale (View IEER)

Proposed 220/400kV Transmission Line from Veyangoda to Padukka via Kirindiwela (View IEER)

Proposed 132kV Transmission Line Project from Veyangoda to Thulhiriya (View IEER)

Clean Energy & Network Efficiency Improvement Project

ADB is proposing to extend USD 130 million loan to Sri Lanka’s power sector for clean energy and network efficiency improvement with a focus to identify the transmission and distribution projects for evacuation of renewable energy (wind and solar) parks/ projects and overall improvement of network efficiency.

The transmission components of the Clean Energy and Network Efficiency Improvement Project include:

  • Transmission System Strengthening in Mannar region.
  • New Polpitiya 220/ 132 kV grid substation (GSS) and associated transmission line.
  • Padukka 220/132/33 kV GSS and associated transmission line.
  • Construction of 132/33 kV GSS at Keg
  • Installation of reactive power compensation devices.

Environmental assessment was conducted for sub projects under the National Environmental Act and reports were submitted to the Central Environmental Authority for the approval.

Proposed 220kV Transmission Line from Anuradhapura to Mannar via Vavuniya (View IEER)

Proposed 220kV Transmission Line from Polpitiya to Pannipitiya (View IEER)

Proposed 132kV Transmission Line from Thulhiriya to Kegalle (View IEER)

Environment Protection Licences

Annual Environment Protection Licenses have been obtained from Central Environmental Authority for the Thermal Power Stations belonging to CEB in accordance with the NEA.

Inventory of Transformers Contaminated with Polyclorinated Bypheniles (PCBs)

CEB has participated in UNEP/GEF facilitated project for “Preparation of a National Implementation Plan for the Control of PCBs” conducted by the Ministry of Environment, and has prepared a preliminary inventory of PCB contaminated transformers belonging to CEB, in 2005

Environmental Awareness of our Stakeholders

Environment Unit of CEB publishes CEB’s Environmental Newsletter, which is distributed among our staff, and all our stakeholders, NGOs etc.

Archives of CEB’s Environmental Newsletters