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Belfast International Airport Recognised For Environmental Leadership

By Dave Simpson
Belfast International Airport Recognised For Environmental Leadership

Belfast International Airport has been recognised for environmental leadership.


A statement announcing the news said, "Northern Ireland's most sustainable organisations were revealed at an online event to release the results of the 2021 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, organised by responsible business network Business in the Community. The survey is used as an important comparison tool and a helpful way for organisations to identify areas where they can improve their environmental impacts, as well as be recognised for their efforts to become more sustainable.

"Since joining VINCI Airports network in 2018, this is the second year in a row that Belfast International Airport has achieved Gold Level in the Survey.

"Graham Keddie, Managing Director Belfast International Airport, said, 'Belfast International Airport has benefited from VINCI Airports' environmental and sustainability strategy which covers the reduction of carbon emissions, the protection of biodiversity and natural areas, and the control of natural resources. All airports in the VINCI Airports' network are committed to achieve Net Zero Emission by 2050, and we have completed in 2021 the installation of LED lighting within the check in hall and we plan to roll this project out to the apron in 2022. We also plan to introduce electric vehicles to our fleet within the next 12 months.'

"113 organisations from a range of sectors including: General Manufacturing; Local Authority; Education; Utilities; Construction; ICT; and Food and Drink took part in the Survey in 2021, choosing to prioritise sustainability despite the challenges of the past year and half.


"Sponsored by Moy Park and supported by Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Survey scores, recognises and rewards organisations that are going above and beyond their legal environmental requirements.

"Managing Director of Business in the Community Kieran Harding said, 'The Survey is an important comparison tool and a way for organisations to not only be recognised for their environmentally sustainable efforts, but also to identify areas where they can improve. It serves to highlight key environmental areas they need to be thinking about for the future.'

"Mr Harding continued, 'Stakeholders, suppliers and the general public are seeking reassurance from businesses that they’re doing all they can for the benefit of the environment and participating in the Survey can provide evidence of 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.'

"To find out which organisations participated in the 2021 Survey and to see how they scored, visit"


Spirit AeroSystems, Belfast, VP And GM Recognised For 'Outstanding Contribution' To Economy

In other Northern Ireland aviation-related news, as reported by The Belfast Telegraph, vice president and general manager of Spirit AeroSystems, Belfast, formerly Bombardier, Sir Michael Ryan has been recognised for his "outstanding contribution" to the economy at the 2021 Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by AIB.

The business chief reportedly took the Chairman's Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast.

Headquartered in Kansas, Spirit AeroSystems reportedly finalised the acquisition of the former Bombardier Belfast site in October of 2020.

Ryan, who has reportedly worked within the aerospace industry since graduating from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1981, was reportedly presented with the award along with 12 other business leaders who were recognised across various categories.

Praising Ryan, Gordon Milligan, IoD NI chairman, reportedly said, "Having worked within the aerospace industry for over four decades, Sir Michael has consistently demonstrated his commitment to enhancing Northern Ireland’s reputation within this sector.


"In recognition of his achievements, it was my privilege to present the Chairman's Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice to Sir Michael Ryan at our annual ceremony, in appreciation of his outstanding leadership and the significant economic contributions he has made throughout his career.

"I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate all of our 2021 winners, who have yet again demonstrated the resilience and strength of Northern Ireland's business community across a breadth of industries and sectors, despite what has been a most challenging time for business."

Ryan reportedly said, "I am honoured to receive this award and to be in the company of other category winners whose outstanding achievements are having such a positive impact on Northern Ireland's business community and economy.

"The award reflects the commitment and resilience of all my Spirit, Belfast colleagues during an enormously challenging period for aviation. I am proud to lead a team that continues to adapt and innovate within an extremely competitive environment..."

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