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Council celebrates Platinum Status in Environmental Benchmarking Survey

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Northern Ireland’s most sustainable companies have been revealed at a celebratory event to launch the results of the 2016 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Pictured at the event (back row from left): Mike Mullan, Moy Park Executive Director; Elaine Smith, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council; Chris Conway, CEO Translink & Chair of Business in the Community Environment Leadership Team; (seated from left) Philip Thompson, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE has highlighted a recent achievement by the Council that underlines the organisation’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact.

Cllr Wales was speaking after the results of the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, run by Business in the Community (BITC), were revealed.

Sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, this recognises and rewards those organisations that are going ‘above and beyond’ their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

Cllr Wales said: “The Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey awarded the Council ‘Platinum 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.”

 This year saw an increase in participation, with 94 companies entering the Survey and more than half of participants scoring over 80% overall. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was the top performing Council of those that participated.

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen also commented and said: “Not only does improving resource efficiency benefit the environment but it also increases competitiveness and improves the ‘bottom line’.”

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