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Queen's named among NI's top companies for environmental leadership for a third consecutive year

Queen's has achieved Platinum status – the highest scoring level – for the third year running in this year's Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

QUB Lanyon Building January 2020

Northern Ireland's most sustainable organisations were revealed at the 2020 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results online event on Thursday 26 November.

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency through the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

Via a pre-recorded message Minister of Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA congratulated participating organisations for leading the way, by embracing the advantages of innovation in environmental management.

Commenting on Queen's success, Damien Toner, Director of Estates at Queen's University Belfast, said:

"We are very proud that the University has again been recognised for our commitment to ongoing environmental actions and improvements. As always it has been a University-wide effort that aims to realise our vision of becoming a low carbon organisation providing a high quality and sustainable working and learning environment for students and staff. It is a privilege to be named once more as one of Northern Ireland's top companies for environmental leadership, and this result is a testament to all the hard work that goes on at Queen's in achieving sustainability."

Chair of Business in the Community NI and Group Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway, said:

"Stakeholders, suppliers and the general public increasingly consider sustainability to be of utmost importance and the Survey is a way for organisations to publicly demonstrate their commitment to a greener future.

"I want to congratulate and thank all companies that have stepped forward to take part in the Survey, and report on their environmental practices."

The sustainable trophies awarded were made from old, disused wood and produced by David Keys Sustainable Woodworking.