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Our commitment to the environment is recognised

Published: Thur, 4 Jun 2015
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We have recieved re-certification of ISO 14001
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We have recieved re-certification of ISO 14001 at our Housing Centre.
Greater emphasis is now placed on organisations locally and globally  to comply with environmental standards and demonstrate their commitment to reducing their environmental impacts in daily operations.
Last year we demonstrated our commitment to the environment through our organisation’s participation in ARENA Network’s Environmental Benchmarking Survey and through the recent NI’s Business & Biodiversity Charter Platinum Award which was in recognition for the environmental impact we have across all our landholdings.
We are delighted to report our commitment to addressing environmental issues has been recognised through our re-certification of ISO 14001 Standard which is reported through our environmental management system (EMS) which is managed through our Environmental Policy Unit in Strategic Planning & Research Department.
An EMS is the part of our organisation that relates to the development, implementation, achievement and maintenance of the organisations Environmental Policy.
From 1 April 2016 all construction works contracts procured by a Centre of Procurement Expertise (CoPE) will include a requirement that all main contractors seeking to tender shall have and maintain an EMS certified by a third party e.g. ISO 14001, BS8555 or equivalent.
Further information on this requirement is available from CPD at the following email address:
The benefits ISO 14001 brings to the organisation:
  • requires us to manage our environmental aspects effectively
  • improves our compliance with environmental legislation
  • requires us to put measures in place to prevent pollution to air, land and water
  • encourages us to minimise energy and resource usage reducing operating costs
  • encourages us to continually seek ways to improve our environmental performance
  • provides us with a clear focus on reducing the risk of penalties and avoids litigation and bad publicity
If you have ideas or comments on how to further reduce and improve the organisation’s environmental impact  please send an e-mail to Catherine Savage, Environmental Policy Unit or Esther Christie, Assistant Director, Strategic Planning and Research Unit.
You may also want to read the  Department of Finance & Personnel publication: