A partnership between industry and charity to protect important wildlife in Carrickfergus is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
AES, which has a power plant at Kilroot, has been working for the past decade with Ulster Wildlife to help secure a better future for local wildlife and wild places.
From supporting the charity’s nature conservation role as a platinum corporate member, the initiative has evolved to include biodiversity and education programmes.
Carla Tully, president of AES UK and Ireland said; “Our partnership with Ulster Wildlife has been a foundational element of our long-standing biodiversity programme for the last 10 years. Together we work to protect the important species that live and visit our generation sites, and improve awareness of biodiversity in our communities through external volunteering and education programmes.
“AES is proud of the difference we have been able to make during our partnership with Ulster Wildlife, and we look forward to working together to set a new standard for corporate engagement with biodiversity in Northern Ireland.”
The 10th anniversary programme included environment awareness days for AES people at Kilroot and Ballylumford.
Jennifer Fulton, chief executive with Ulster Wildlife, said; “This mutually-beneficial partnership is a shining example of leadership and innovation; it shows how AES sees beyond simply financial support and the environmental challenges of carbon and waste, and recognises the need to go one step further and help in nature’s recovery by taking action for biodiversity.
“We hope that other energy companies will follow AES’ lead and put nature conservation at the heart of their businesses too.”
To find out more about the various ways businesses can play their part to secure space for nature in Northern Ireland, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/corporatesupport