26 February 2015: The Construction Employer’s Federation (CEF) today held its first annual NVIR-O-CERT Continuous Improvement event at the Ramada Plaza in Belfast.
Aimed at construction companies that have an interest in improving their business by enhancing their own environmental performance and that of their supply chain, there was a range of interesting speakers providing insights and perspectives to help companies achieve their business goals.
The keynote speaker was Terry A’hearn, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) who discussed current environmental regulation and what firms can expect in the future. Other speakers included Martin Baxter, Executive Director of Policy at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment; Ashley Hurst, Lead Auditor for NVIR-O-CERT; Eamonn Keaveney, Project Officer, STEM; and environmental consultant, Richard Robinson.
Picking up an Environmental Improvement Award was Owen McMackin of McMackin Contracts, who spoke of the benefits his company has already reaped from their recent NVIR-O-CERT certification.
NVIR-O-CERT is a scheme that provides a route for smaller construction companies to achieve environmental accreditation whilst helping larger companies to distinguish themselves as environmental leaders. The scheme aims to keep paperwork to a minimum and instead focuses on good environmental performance in practice and improving business performance.