Sustainable Development at the Northern Ireland Assembly
The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (The Commission) is committed to becoming an exemplar organisation in respect of Sustainable Development. Over the course of this year, the Commission has already undertaken significant steps to reduce and manage its environmental impact through its Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to the ISO 14001:2004 International Standard. This commitment will continue as we set environmental performance targets for waste, paper usage, energy emissions and sustainable travel.
The Commission is a platinum member of Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI). Membership includes access to the ARENA Network Survey, Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking survey. The Commission took part in the survey in 2012 and were ranked within the Platinum band. The Commission will continue to undertake the benchmarking exercise to continually improve our environmental management and performance.
Strategies & Polices
A Sustainable Development Policy Statement was introduced in December 2009, which sets out the Commission’s aspirations to operate more sustainably. This policy is reviewed on a yearly basis to ensure that it is still suitable and sufficient.
To support the Policy Statement, Sustainable Development targets have been set to enhance existing responsible business practice for 2015
An Environmental Policy Statement was also published in July 2010 which outlines the Commission’s commitment to continual improvement, complying with all environmental legislation and to reduce and prevent pollution where possible.