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Our commitment to environmental improvement is recognised

Published: Mon, 8 Dec 2014
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Pictured are Ed Wright, Arena Network, with the Housing Executive's Catherine Savage and Esther Christie.
Environmentral Benchmark Survey 2014
The Housing Executive achieved Gold ranking in the 16th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey 2014
Over 400 organisations from 14 different business sectors and leading public sector organisations across NI were invited this year take part in Business in the Community and ARENA Network’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise.
In its 16th year the Survey is viewed as a key driver for corporate environmental management and improvement and as a tool that businesses can use to benchmark their operations against environmental criteria to achieve a more sustainable way of doing business.
At the Results Launch held at Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office, the Housing Executive achieved Gold ranking with a score of 80% which is an improvement on last year’s score. The rank levels were Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Green. Other participants alongside the Housing Executive in this ranking included Ballymena Borough Council, BP McKeefry Ltd, BT, George Best City Airport, Montupet, Newry and Mourne District Council, QUB and University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
The Survey provides a useful framework for organisations new to the environmental agenda and a challenge for organisations further developing their environmental matters. As a key driver in improving standards in environmental management within the NI business community the Survey is reviewed and updated usually every 3 years to ensure it remains relevant and adjusts to environmental priorities and shifts in emerging issues.
Participation in this Survey provides an opportunity for organisation’s to compare performance and learn from what others in business are doing. Those organisations striving to demonstrate performance improvement year on year and who show ongoing improvement over a number of years will achieve a high outcome in the survey through environmental efficiencies. Organisations who demonstrate having a ‘formal’ environmental management system that has been externally certified to ISO 14001 achieve higher than their Survey counterparts.
This approach to independent third party scrutiny and verification advocates continuing commitment to environmental improvement through the Housing Executive’s Environmental Management System credited to ISO 14001:2004 Standard and to sustainable development.