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The World’s First Carbon Neutral School of Tea by Dilmah

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Sri Lanka, 15th November 2020

Sri Lanka · 15 November 2020 · The World’s First Carbon Neutral School of Tea by Dilmah

The Dilmah School of Tea is a tea programme that seeks to inspire passion in tea through knowledge of the artisanal aspects of tea amongst hospitality professionals, tea aficionados and consumers. The emphasis is on the importance of Real Tea and the versatility of this natural herb in Tea Gastronomy, Food Pairing and Tea Mixology. The 70th Dilmah School of Tea in Sri Lanka celebrated 10 years of stirring tea inspiration in February 2020. Initiated in 2009, at the Institut Paul Bocuse in France, Dilmah’s dissemination of knowledge knows no borders, inspiring tea aficionados in Europe, East Asia and more. With up to 5200 participants in total so far, this year 112 participants took part in the only educational course in tea that is accredited by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies. 

In conjunction with these milestones, the 70th session also marks the first ever Carbon Neutral School of Tea. This was made possible because of the philosophy, ‘business a matter of human service’, that is at the heart of the Dilmah Tea brand; every sip of Dilmah enjoyed by the world has contributed to the fulfilment of this philosophy, generating over 40 million USD to humanity. In order to achieve carbon neutrality, supporting conservation projects included the planting of 1 million Cashew Trees in rural Sri Lanka, re-wilding tea gardens and restoring wetlands. Additionally, the Dilmah sustainability team calculated international air mileages, emissions from internal transporting, power and water usage, analyzed waste records and reviewed food plans from the conference, so that it may be offset to ensure the first Carbon Neutral event for Dilmah. 

Further, a paperless learning experience was introduced; participants were required to download the ‘Dilmah Tea inspired App’ for learning material instead of using printed paper textbooks. Examinations this year were also held online. Experiencing the relevance of tea for the 21st Century, all participants experienced a modern Sri Lankan Afternoon Tea that consisted of sweet and savoury items made using local ingredients.

To catch a glimpse of the inspiration that was brewed earlier this year, watch: 


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Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

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