STEM Celebrates!

5 June 2008

The STEM Project held a celebration event on World Environment Day to mark the many achievements the Project has gained over the past 4 years. The event which was held in the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan attracted over 100 attendees from local councils and business representatives.

The STEM Project has assisted nine local cross border councils and Southern Group Environmental Heath Committee achieves certification for key services to the ISO: 14001 Environmental Standard. Within Ards Borough Council the amount of waste going to landfill from the civic building has reduced by 25%. This has been achieved through staff training, the provision of additional recycling facilities and by making recycling the ‘easy option’ throughout the building. In addition figures for 2007 compared to 2006 show that electricity use council wide was down by 4.3% (15,840 KWh), heating oil by 20% (4,000 litres) and gas by 26% (118,318 KWh).

Since the Projects conception in 2004 over 270 small to medium sized businesses have implemented an Environmental Management System 212 of these have gained certification to the BS 8555 Standard. Environmental training has been provided to over 11,000 members of staff within the local community.

Local businessman Philip Conacher from Ashleigh Contracts based in Kirkiston on the Ards Peninsula was recognised for the contribution he has made to the success of the STEM Project. Philip is joint Managing Director and owner of Ashleigh Contracts, a Civil Engineering Contracting company specialising in coastal defences and marine related civil engineering works.

Prior to their involvement with the STEM Project Ashleigh Contracts already took great care not to harm the environment In the course of their work. By taking part in the STEM Project they were able to build on this with the introduction of further procedures to ensure the prevention of pollution.

Significant resources were provided to build new oil storage facilities on the main site and a new vehicle wash was put in place.

New recycling bins were provided throughout the site which significantly reduced the amount of waste going to landfill.

The STEM Project has been part funded to the tune of £1.5 million by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body through the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership. The Project is supported by nine local cross border Councils including Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Louth, Monaghan and Newry & Mourne.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council