Press Release

Assembly Earns Platinum Status in Environmental Performance

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Reference: FA 01/12/13

The Northern Ireland Assembly has received an award from Business in the Community’s ARENA Network for its excellence in environmental management, performance and assurance.  This puts the Assembly with just 12 other ‘platinum’ organisations in Northern Ireland that have demonstrated commitments to environmental policy, strategy and implementation. 

The award follows completion of ARENA’s Environmental Survey (The Survey). The Survey is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland on measures taken to reduce environmental impacts and improve efficiency, amongst other factors. 

William Hay, MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly welcomed the award and said:  “I am delighted that the Assembly has been recognised for its excellence in environmental policy and strategy and I commend the staff involved for this achievement. 

“Even more impressive is the fact that that Assembly only entered The Survey two years ago as an organisation that had then only developed an environmental policy and strategy.  This fast rise to ‘platinum’ status demonstrates the drive, leadership and sheer determination of those involved.   

“The Assembly Commission is dedicated to becoming an exemplary institution in terms of sustainable development and environmental impact. We developed a Sustainable Development Strategy in April 2010 and an Environmental Policy Statement in July 2012.  These documents include annual action plans to enhance existing responsible business practice and outlines the Commission’s commitment to continual improvement to reduce and prevent pollution where we can.  With this award, it is very apparent that the Assembly has proven that it takes its green credentials seriously.”


William Hay MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Christine Watts, Environmental Services Manager

William Hay MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Christine Watts, Environmental Services Manager

Notes to Editors:

The ARENA Environmental Survey (the Survey) is supported by both the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. This year’s survey underwent substantial revisions from 2011, which included tougher questions on corporate strategy and stakeholder engagement.  The results place successful entrants into one of five quintiles and for the very top performing organisations a platinum placement.

The Survey is Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise organised by Business in the Community.  It looks at the top 250 organisations from 15 sectors, including leading public sector organisations.  The benchmarking exercise enables organisations to compare their performance and learn from others. 

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