Mid and East Antrim Borough Council celebrates Platinum status for sustainability

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has achieved Platinum status, the highest scoring level, in this year’s Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

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 and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources. Ninety organisations took part in the Survey, achieving an average score of 77%.

Chief Executive for Mid and East Antrim, Ms Anne Donaghy, “Council is delighted and proud to have achieved the highest standard that can be awarded for sustainability. This reinforces Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s commitment and passion to sustain, protect and enhance our natural environment, not only safeguarding our built heritage, but driving retail growth and addressing our housing needs.

“Council is committed to creating a vibrant, healthy, prosperous, safe and sustainable communities across our Borough as outlined in our Community Plan ‘Putting People First’. The plan puts the onus on all of us to increase awareness, promote positive attitudes and take actions to achieve a clean, protected and vibrant environment. I wish to commend the hard work of Council staff and volunteers who have helped achieve this fantastic accolade.”

David Small, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Agency said: “It’s encouraging to see so many organisations demonstrating their commitment to improving environmental performance. The Survey is a powerful driver of this, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is delighted to support this initiative.

“The results clearly show that consistency is key, with repeat participants achieving year-on-year improvements in their scores. I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s participants. By taking part in this survey, you are publicly committing to improving environmental performance within your own organisation, and helping the wider business community to identify further opportunities for improved efficiencies.”

Chair of Business in the Community’s Environment Leadership Team and Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway, said: “The Survey, which is now in its 19th year, remains an important and respected instrument for both driving and celebrating the responsible environmental management activities of a wide range of private and public sector organisations in Northern Ireland.

“Taking part in the Survey demonstrates real commitment to transparency and performance on environmental issues. This year, we welcomed 18 ‘newcomers’ to the Survey process; half of those achieved Silver, but many scored in the lower bands. These organisations may be in the early stages of their environmental journey, and we look forward to seeing their scores increase in the future.

“Indeed, the results show that scores of those who repeatedly take part in the Survey consistently improve over time, which is very good news. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s participating organisations. I hope that the Survey results will inspire others and continue to drive environmental improvement in Northern Ireland.”

Declan Cunningham, Head of Sustainability and Risk, Moy Park said: “Moy Park is delighted to once again support Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking survey which recognises the progress in industry environmental performance. Moy Park is a values-led, responsible business and we are committed to delivering sustainable practices which make a positive contribution to the way people live. I would encourage all organisations focused on enhancing their environmental performance to participate in the Survey and, by doing so, we can drive responsible behaviour throughout the supply chain, together.”

Photograph: Declan Cunningham of Moy Park, David Small from the NI Environment Agency, Elaine Smith of Waste Operations at MEABC and Chris Conway CEO of Translink and Chair of BITC Environment Leadership Team.