Congratulations to Belfast City Airport, which has won a coveted Gold status in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey for the third time running.
The Survey, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and sponsored by Moy Park, recognises those organisations and businesses that go ‘over and above’ their legal requirements to reduce their environmental impacts, whilst effectively managing their resources.
Achieving over 80% across the survey the airport is delighted in being recognised for the inroads it is making to improve the environment for passengers, residents and staff. Especially, given the airport’s environmental policy, recently developed to tackle biodiversity, its benefits to the airport, and the airport’s impact on it.
Speaking about the award, Environmental Manager at Belfast City Airport, Laura Duggan, said, “We are delighted that Business in the Community has again recognised our efforts to minimise our environmental impact and improve our performance.
“We have participated in the voluntary survey for many years to demonstrate our commitment to the initiative and to benchmark our environmental management and performance with other organisations across Northern Ireland.
“A key focus for us over the past number of years has been to reduce our waste to landfill in line with BITC’s ‘Towards Zero Waste’ pledge.
“In particular, we have been engaging with our staff and our business partners to increase recycling across the site and, to this end, we have achieved a recycling rate of over 55% this year, up from 50% in 2015.”
“It was important to us to commit to understanding and addressing the airport’s impacts on biodiversity and conserving and enhancing biodiversity, where possible.
“To help us deliver on this policy we have signed up to participate in BITC’s Business and Biodiversity Charter, launched earlier this year.
“We are also pleased to hear that there was a substantial increase in participation this year from organisations across Northern Ireland and that Belfast City Airport is among the top performers in terms of its commitment to the environment.”