17 companies from around Belfast have completed the Business Improvements Through Environmental Solutions (BITES) programme, a year-long scheme in which organisations attempt to increase sustainability through the implementation of resource efficienct practices.
The programme, funded by Belfast City Council, assisted each organisation in becoming more aware of the environmental and monetary impacts of work-related activities such as transport, the handling and disposal of waste and energy use.
The participating companies were addressed through workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions and also visits to other organisations, such as IKEA, that are already leading the way in terms of environmental best practice.
All 17 companies were recognised for their efforts at a dedicated reception in Belfast City Hall on Thursday (12 September).
Steve Boal – “Since the programme began, we have seen a reduction of around 70 percent in our electricity use through highlighting a possible improvement in the electric steam boiler and implementing an M&M system”
Speaking at the ceremony, chair of Belfast City Council’s development committee, Councillor Dierdre Hargey, said: “The BITES programme is aimed at enhancing local business competitiveness and profitability by addressing the increasing costs of doing business.
“Sustainability is a key issue for industry and ensuring the participation of businesses in delivering a sustainable future is crucially important. The businesses which have completed the project have identified over £70,000 worth of annual efficiencies across their operational activities and I want to congratulate them for committing the time and energy to the programme and for their success.”
One of the programme’s participants, Steve Boal of AB Pneumatics, said: “Since the programme began, we have seen a reduction of around 70 percent in our electricity use through highlighting a possible improvement in the electric steam boiler and implementing an M&M system. This equates to a reduction of around 40 percent of the company’s overall energy consumption.”
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