Three Irish firms have won prizes in the national Better Environment Awards for Industry competition, the results of which were announced last Friday. An award for "managing for sustainable development" went to NEC Semiconductors Ireland, which manufactures integrated circuits. The judges found that its environmental management programme, designed in 1989, displayed an "exceptional" standard of "commitment and achievement". A "cleaner technologies" award went to Schering-Plough for work to recover gaseous nitrogen from a coolant system and re-use it in the company's pharmaceutical manufacturing process. The project generated savings of over I£90,000 (Ecu115,000) through reduced nitrogen and electricity consumption. Henkel Ireland won the "recovery of waste" category for a project to recover, purify and re-use 5,000 tonnes of aluminium chloride per year from its production processes. A further two companies were commended. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Brian Quinlan from Irish industry association Forbairt said: "Industry in Ireland is showing a growing capability in environmental performance". All five winners go through to the European Better Environment Awards for Industry to be held in the Netherlands next month.
Forbairt, tel: +353 1 808 2425.
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