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12/12/2023

Council Receives Top Award in Environmental Survey Report

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council proudly stands alone as the exclusive Council recipient of the Platinum award in the 2023 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, underscoring its exceptional commitment to environmental sustainability.

Over 120 organisations from a range of sectors measured and reported their environmental impacts, and Northern Ireland’s most sustainable organisations were revealed at an event on Wednesday 22 November at The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper said,

“I take immense pride in our staff's tireless efforts that has led to the exclusive achievement of the platinum award — the only Council to reach this milestone in 2023. The Council remains steadfast in its dedication to creating a greener Borough for our residents. This exceptional recognition is a testament to the collaborative efforts led by the Climate Change working group.

Our initiatives include tree-planting and biodiversity campaigns, energy-saving measures in our buildings, water conservation programmes for our swimming pools, climate action plans to reduce emissions, and recycling initiatives that have positioned us as the leading recycling council. This remarkable accomplishment encapsulates the spirit of our collective endeavours.”

Organised by Business in the Community, 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.

Dr Lisa McIlvenna, Deputy Managing Director of Business in the Community, emphasised the significance of the Survey as a valuable benchmarking tool. She stressed its important role over the last 25 years in bringing attention to critical environmental issues that organisations in Northern Ireland must consider and act on.

Dr McIlvenna also stated,

"In an era where stakeholders, suppliers, buyers, and the public at large are actively seeking assurance of businesses' dedication to environmental wellbeing, participation in the Survey serves as tangible evidence of their commitment to a more sustainable future.”

To find out which organisations participated in the 2023 Survey and to see how they scored, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/niebs