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MEA leading the way as one of top two performing councils in NI

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A recent report has shown that Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is one of the top performing Councils in Northern Ireland in reducing its impact on the environment.

At a recent meeting, Elected Members were told the performance of the Council’s environmental objectives and targets 2019/20 with an overall 10% reduction in carbon footprint.

Council also achieved accreditation to IS0 14001:2015 International Environmental Management Standard across all services in February this year.

Speaking on the impressive report, Councillor Gregg McKeen, said: “Mid and East Antrim Council is committed to reduce the impact of its services on the environment.

“We are one of only two Council’s in Northern Ireland that have achieved the International Environmental Management Standard ISO14001 throughout the organisation.

“Council improves its environmental performance each year through delivery of environmental objectives across all service areas and this was recognised at the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Awards in 2019 where Council achieved a Gold Award.”

Mid and East Antrim reports annually on our carbon footprint. This was due to electricity being generated from a more renewable source and a 6% reduction in fleet fuel.

Council employees recycled 73% of internal waste, a 7% increase on the previous year and reduced paper use by 7%.

In addition, a range of biodiversity projects involving the public have taken place including the planting of 17,348 trees in year one of MEA4Trees campaign, an ambitious plan to plant 56,000 trees over five years.

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