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Its gold again for Council in environmental excellence

Elaine Smith (Waste Manager), Catherine Hunter (Education Officer), Mayor Cllr Peter Johnston, Philip Thompson (Director of Operations) and Gary Murtagh (Waste Supervisor).

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has achieved gold status in the 2020 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

The NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is an annual event that scores organisations on the measures they take to improve their environmental impacts.

Over 100 organisations from more than 10 different sectors measured and reported their environmental impacts.

Northern Ireland’s most sustainable organisations were revealed at an online event to release the results of the 2020 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, organised by responsible business network Business in the Community.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council achieved Gold Level in the Survey, which is an important comparison tool and a way for organisations to not only be recognised for their environmentally sustainable efforts, but also to identify areas where they can improve their environmental impacts.

There were 103 organisations involved from a range of sectors including: General Manufacturing; Local Authority; Education; Utilities; Construction; ICT; and Food and Drink took part in the Survey in 2020, prioritising sustainability despite the challenges of the year.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, 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.”

Sponsored by Moy Park and supported by Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Survey scores, recognises and rewards organisations that are going above and beyond their legal environmental requirements.

Chair of Business in the Community NI and Group Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway, said: “Stakeholders, suppliers and the general public increasingly consider sustainability to be of utmost importance and the Survey is a way for organisations to publicly demonstrate their commitment to a greener future. I want to congratulate and thank all companies that have stepped forward to take part in the Survey, and report on their environmental practices.”

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to protecting the environment as a corporate priority.

The measures that Council takes to protect the environment are marked out in the Corporate and Community Plans.

To find out which organisations participated in the 2020 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 2021, please email environment@bitcni.org.uk.