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Quarriers Commitment To The Environment is Set In Stone

Published on Mon, 31 Mar 2003
Angela Smith MP, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State, launched the Environmental Awards Scheme of the quarries organisation, Quarry Products Association, today.
Angela Smith said: "This initiative supports one of my Department’s key objectives – to protect, conserve an enhance the natural and built heritage.
"This Scheme is a further step in the right direction for the environment in which we live. I commend its introduction and fully endorse the project. I would hope that there will be a large number of entries to the Scheme and that both large and small quarry operations will get involved."
The Environmental Award Scheme is the next step in the Quarry Products Association’s commitment to encouraging its members to raise environmental standards in their operations having already introduced guidance in the form of a Code of Good Environmental Practice for its members. Members have been encouraged to gain accreditation in the Environmental Management Quality Standard ISO 14000 also.

Notes to Editors

The Quarry Products Association is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, surfacing, ready-mixed concrete, silica sand and mortar industries. It represents 70 companies in Northern Ireland, some 85% of aggregate production. There are 5600 people employed directly and indirectly in the Northern Ireland quarrying industry.
The Environmental Awards Scheme has been launched as a result of a number of larger QPA companies in Northern Ireland having previously participated in a scheme by QPA (UK), of which QPA in Northern Ireland is an associate member. Under the Scheme QPA members will be invited to submit entries demonstrating best practice and innovation in one of a number of key environmental areas, including water management, noise reduction, dust reduction, landscape and restoration, innovation, waste minimisation and recycling. Entries will be short-listed by a panel of judges, at which point site visits will be undertaken to establish winners, who will receive certificates.
For further information please contact Paddy Murphy, DOE Press Office, tel. 028 9054 0014, paddy.murphy@doeni.gov.uk
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