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Antrim and Newtownabbey Receive Top Environmental Award

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have been awarded a Platinum Award, the highest level, in the 2021 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.  This award recognises and rewards organisations that are going above and beyond their legal environmental requirements.

The NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is an annual event organised by responsible business network, Business in the Community.  It is an important comparison tool and a helpful way for organisations to identify areas where they can improve their environmental impacts, as well as being recognised for their efforts to become more sustainable.  The Council has shown it is committed to providing better environmental practice and recognises the important role it has to ensure its residents, visitors and the Borough has a sustainable future.

113 organisations from a range of sectors including: General Manufacturing; Local Authority; Education; Utilities; Construction; ICT; and Food and Drink took part in the Survey in 2021, choosing to prioritise sustainability despite the challenges of the past year and half. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said;

“The Council has again been recognised as being at the forefront of environmental performance with a Platinum accreditation in the Environmental Benchmarking Survey.  It recognises Council’s dedication in prioritising the environment and demonstrating to a more sustainable approach to the delivery of services, while effectively managing the challenges faced during the pandemic”.

Managing Director of Business in the Community, Kieran Harding said;

“The Survey 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. It serves to highlight key environmental areas they need to be thinking about for the future.

Mr Harding continued:

“Stakeholders, suppliers and the general public are seeking reassurance from businesses that they’re doing all they can for the benefit of the environment and participating in the Survey can provide evidence of 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.”

To find out which organisations participated in the 2021 Survey and to see how they scored, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/niebs.