Council achieves gold status for environmental leadership in NI

(L-R) Chris Conway, CEO Translink, Elaine Smith, MEABC Waste Manager, Philip Thompson, MEABC Director of Operations, Kieran Harding, Business in the Community Managing Director, MEABC Mayor Cllr Maureen Morrow, David Small, NIEA Chief Executive.

MID and East Antrim Borough Council has achieved gold status in this year’s Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

Northern Ireland’s most sustainable organisations were revealed at the 2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch event at Belfast Harbour Office.

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to improve their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

107 organisations from a range of sectors, including Construction, ICT, and Food and Drink, took part in the Survey with 45% of participants achieving Gold or Platinum Status.

The Survey also welcomed 26 new participants, many of which were introduced by previous participants keen to encourage others to assess their sustainability, and 16 organisations with less than 25 employees took part in the new Small Business Survey.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “The Northern Ireland Benchmarking Survey awarded Council ‘Gold Status’ marking Council’s ability to minimise its environmental impact and maximise resource efficiency.

“Council is always keen on not only achieving best practice in managing our many resources, including recycling activities, but also in lessening the environmental impact of all our work. This accolade is an example of that in practice.”

New Chair of Business in the Community NI and Group Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway, said: “The Survey is an important comparison tool and a way for organisations to be recognised for their environmentally sustainable efforts, as well as identify areas for improvement.

“It has never been more important that organisations take action that’s better for the environment, and business in particular recognises that the general public and their stakeholders consider sustainability to be of utmost importance.

“The Survey is the perfect way to demonstrate commitment to sustainability and I want to congratulate all of those companies that have stepped forward to report on their environmental practices.”

To find out which organisations participated in the 2019 Survey, and to see how they scored, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/niebs

If your organisation is interested in taking part in the Survey in 2020, please contact Keelin McCone at keelin.mccone@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 90460606.

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