Northern Ireland's most sustainable companies shine on their 'green journey'

Bombardier was the top performer in the 2017 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Pictured (from left) are Declan Cunningham, head of sustainability and risk atMoy Park; NIEA chief executive David Small; Ashleigh Evans and Oisin Conlon from Bombardier; and Chris Conway, chair of Business in the Community’s environment leadership team

THE north's most sustainable businesses and organisations have been praised for their continuing commitment to improving environmental performance.

This year's NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey, now in its 19th year and unveiled at Belfast Harbour Offices, revealed how they are performing on their 'green journey', with 90 organisations monitored this year (including 18 which did not take part in the previous year's survey).

It rewards organisations which are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

Bombardier took the top spot this year, and 60 while of respondents achieved Gold or Platinum Status – the highest proportion in recent years. The average score across the 90 organisations was 77 per cent.

Among the Gold winners was waste management specialist RiverRidge, whose strategic development manager Alan Sproule said: “We're absolutely delighted, because excellence in environmental management is central to our services and operations.”

He added: “Today we are an industry-leading, state of the art, waste management company that helps more than 4,000 organisations across Northern Ireland to cost effectively manage thousands of metric tonnes of waste they produce every year.

"We work hard to deliver a full circle waste management service and consistently search for new methods of waste treatment and recycling to ensure our operations have little to no effect on our environment.

"In April RiverRidge launched its Rethinking Resources brand tagline, to champion and promote a more resource efficient and productive approach to waste management in Northern Ireland. The two words capture the essence of an organisation determined to change the way waste is managed forever."

The annual survey is run by Business in the Community and this year was sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

David Small, chief executive at NIEA, said: “It's encouraging to see so many organisations demonstrating their commitment to improving environmental performance, and the survey is a powerful driver of this. The results clearly show that consistency is key, with repeat participants achieving year-on-year improvements in their scores.”

Business in the Community's environment leadership team chair Chris Conway, who is chief executive of Translink, said: “The survey remains a key and respected instrument for both driving and celebrating the responsible environmental management activities of a wide range of private and public sector organisations.

“Taking part demonstrates real commitment to transparency and performance on environmental issues. The results show that scores of those who repeatedly take part in the survey consistently improve over time, which is very good news. I hope these results will inspire others and continue to drive environmental improvement.”

:: To find out who else participated and how they scored, visit

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