The Port City project has a huge international executive force working on every aspect of its sustainable development. “We are adhering to the best development practices. For us, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability are not just means to establish a relationship with our communities so that we can channel our philanthropy and do image management.  This project will go far beyond that.”“We genuinely believe that adhering to global best practices in sustainability is linked with economic and commercial success and this will be demanded by those who invest and live in Port City in the future. That is why we are continuing to forge real stakeholder involvement and innovative partnerships as we cannot succeed alone. Therefore, we are mindful that future generations will measure the success of this project by its environmental and social sustainability. That is why we are making investments in these areas today.” Speaking at the 11th Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka, Houliang said that Port City Colombo’s vision is to be the benchmark in environmental friendliness and sustainability. He said that the new city which will be a show piece for the rest of the world, would be a place where environmentally friendly people, organizations and visitors will want to live and do business and the transit population will be allowed to practice their environmentally friendly habits. Port City Colombo even plans to incorporate sustainability guidelines for third party developers to abide by, when they develop their individual plots of land; which is keeping with their commitment to build a completely sustainable city, extending beyond their scope as master developer. Speaking of Port City’s view on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Jiang said “Being a good corporate citizen is an important factor for any organization; however CSR priorities are not the same in different parts of the world.  For example, in a country like Sri Lanka philanthropy and community engagement play an important role.   If you are in the driving seat of a project such as the Port City, you have to be in sync with this.  At the same time one has to also be sensitive to local norms and deep rooted cultural traditions; when it comes to philanthropy projects and community engagement. Therefore, our initial foray into CSR was looking at the well-being of adjacent communities, such as the Fishermen’s Livelihood Support Society(FLSS) project we have been sponsoring in Negombo.”“We have allocated 500 million rupees towards the Sustainability and well-being of a community living to the North of Colombo. The Fishermen’s Livelihood Support Society which operates under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Ministry and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development is an initiative supported and fully funded by the Port City and its primary objective is to find meaningful ways to support fishing communities in these areas, All the programs carried out are suggested by the community and evaluated independently by officials of the two Ministries.” (Colombo Gazette) Managing Director of Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, Jiang Houliang, says sand dredging for the Port City project is being carried out after a detailed environmental impact assessment.“It is carried out in a completely sustainable manner at distances of over 7km from the shoreline, and at depths of 15 m or more. The dredging has no impact on coastal erosion or fisher livelihoods. Representatives of fishermen have come on board the dredger to personally observe the advanced technology we use. The dredgers used are the best in the world and their GPS tracking records are available for public scrutiny via internet,” he said. read more

New wind turbines earmarked to be built off the Kent coast should be painted green to “blend in” with the landscape, councillors have said.Kent County Council members warned plans by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall to expand Thanet Wind Farm with an additional 34 turbines by 2021 threatened to harm tourism in the area.The current structures, thought to be around 100 white turbines standing at 115m tall, have been branded a “monstrosity”.Councillors claimed the coastal district is being “degraded” by the structures as they urged Vattenfall to paint any new turbines dark brown or dark green, suggesting it could be added as a condition in future planning applications.Cllr Sean Holden said: “It would be nice if the wind towers could be painted any colour but white to help the environment and, quite frankly, tourism.”I would like to see them a different colour. Painting them would mean they would not stick out so unnaturally. The quality of the landscape is really important for tourism.”If it’s degraded then it puts the local tourism economy at risk and they have degraded it.”Changing the colour should be considered. I also think having a colour which blends in with the landscape should be included as a condition in future planning applications for wind turbines.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alan Ridger, chairman of Kent County Council’s economic development committee, also agreed, adding: “I think this is an excellent suggestion. They do stand out, don’t they? They don’t need to and they would blend in better with a bit of paint.”Tom O’Reilly, Vattenfall’s project manager for the Thanet Extension, said the company was working to develop ideas put forward by the community but would not say whether it planned to paint new turbines a different colour.He said: “We welcome the feedback from local representatives. We have listened, so we are progressing plans which will bring a number of renewable and climate change inspired installations to the area.”Work to develop the community’s ideas will continue this year.” read more